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  • Ahmed Saleh

Jazan residents collect antiques, fostering longstanding archaeological interest

Jizan, March 14, 2024, For generations, the residents of Jazan region have been captivated by the allure of collecting antiques and archaeological treasures. Venturing into valleys, forests, and heritage sites, they embarked on personal expeditions to unearth these artifacts, driven by a desire to preserve their historical significance.

Recognizing the importance of these relics, local enthusiasts took it upon themselves to establish private museums, now serving as cultural hubs that offer invaluable insights to researchers and educate younger generations about their country's rich history.

Nestled in Dhagareer Village, Samtah Governorate, Jazan region, the Alaliyah Museum stands as a bastion for the preservation of human and cultural heritage. It plays a pivotal role in enriching the knowledge of present-day generations while aiding researchers and history aficionados with its extensive collection of archaeological treasures.

One of the museum's prized possessions is the "Al-Qa'idah," a traditional sofa cherished by the people of Jazan region for over 160 years, boasting original legs crafted from jujube tree wood. Alongside this iconic piece, visitors can explore numerous heritage artifacts that offer a glimpse into traditional life in the region.

Mohammed bin Mohsen Al-Dhagareeri, a dedicated collector for five decades, realized his dream in 1425 AH when he established the Alaliyah Museum. Named after the ancient city of Alaliyah, built upon the remnants of the city of Al-Khusuf in the southern expanse of Wadi Khaleb, the museum stands as a tribute to the region's rich cultural legacy.

Echoing the tales of the bygone city of Alaliyah, the museum showcases a diverse array of artifacts, including an archaeological hook used in Alaliyah's well five centuries ago.

Visitors to the museum are greeted with a plethora of exhibits, ranging from traditional farming and agricultural tools to measuring instruments crafted from tamarisk wood, copper pots, water jars, pottery, stone lamps, and camel shackles. Additionally, the museum boasts a stunning collection of antique women's jewelry, alongside an array of daggers, swords, ancient weaponry, and coins, offering a comprehensive immersion into the region's storied past.


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