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Aiming to highlight the importance of archaeology while also transforming the issue of antiquities into a social responsibility issue, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage has unveiled plans to launch what is said to be the first national antiquities forum in the region.

Taking place in Riyadh, on November 7 — 9, the forum will bring together Saudi archaeologists in order to exchange personal experiences in the field while also presenting their work, significant discoveries, and progress in surveys and excavations.

Conference themes will cover several areas including prehistoric antiquities, rock drawings, Arabian Peninsula's pre-Islamic antiquities, Islamic ages' antiquities, architecture and arts, verbal heritage sites, as well as the role that media plays in spreading public awareness.