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The Jazeera Al Hamra Digital Heritage Project: A Model for Digitally Preserving the Heritage of the Arabian Peninsula

Thompson, Seth
Date
2015
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Article
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Peer-Reviewed
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Abstract
The digital environment offers an opportunity to establish a museum model that supports contemporary museum thought in regard to collective memory strategies, inclusivity, and equity of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Al Jazeera Al Hamra, a former coastal village in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, was abandoned at the time of the formation of the country in the late 1960s and 1970s. It is considered one of the last traditional fishing and pearl diving villages in the nation. As the buildings are now only remnants of a time past, not only does the architecture need to be documented and mapped, but also the stories and traditions of the people who once lived there need to be recorded. Creating a web-based virtual environment that documents both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Al Jazeera Al Hamra can provide a cohesive physical and social record for future generations after the buildings and the people who had inhabited the town are gone. Focusing on Al Jazeera Al Hamra, an at-risk site, this paper presents a model for digitally preserving and re-presenting tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.