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  • From the field to collections: Developing natural history collections and collection centers in a unique region of Saudi Arabia
    Freedman, J., Collins, C., Darwish, M., Al Johani, N.
    Journal of Natural Science Collections, Volume 12, pages 87 - 95

    The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) manages a region around the town of AlUla in north-west Saudia Arabia. AlUla has a rich archaeological heritage, with internationally important archaeology collections which are mainly stored in AlUla Museum. AlUla museum was built as a center of support for archaeological research, in the region, however, the development of a new natural history collections has meant that new approaches have had to be developed to record, research and preserve the rich diversity of wildlife and geology. As a result of this, there is a strong need to develop best practice protocols for collecting and storing natural history collections, so they are safeguarded for the future research and exhibition programs. However, the location and very dry conditions in the region present many challenges to the preservation of these collections. This paper outlines the progress of the challenges faced and how current published best practice advice and guidance has to be adapted to suit the different environment of AlUla.

    Keywords: AlUla, Saudi Arabia, collecting, storage, procedures, protocols, policies