The Dhamar Museum Recovery and Documentation Project

The Dhamar Museum, one of Yemen’s largest and most important regional museums, was heavily damaged during conflict. CAORC will recover, document and shelter the collection, while also securing the site from hazardous debris and rubble. Next, the operator will recover, catalogue, and store the estimated 6,000 objects still buried under its debris.

The Dhamar Museum, one of Yemen’s largest and most important regional museums, was heavily damaged during conflict. CAORC will recover, document and shelter the Museum's collections, while also securing the site from remaining hazardous debris and collapsed rubble. Next, the operator will start the recovery of the estimated 6,000 objects still buried under its debris. Recovered objects will be catalogued and securely stored, and a local rapid response team will be trained with support from CAORC and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative.

Project Details


Location: Dhamar, Yemen, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Project partner(s): General Organization for Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) Funder(s): ALIPH Funding received: $262,941 Commencement Date: 01/2021 Project Status: Active
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