China-Saudi Arabia joint archaeological excavation to start soon
China will send five archeologists to Saudi Arabia on Monday for the excavation of the ruins of al Serrian, according to the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.
Six Saudi archeologists will work with the Chinese staff at the Saudi port ruins on the Red Sea for 20 days, the administration said.
The excavation will be conducted with the aid of high technologies, including aerial photo by drones, digital surveys and mapping, 3D modeling.
This is the first time China has sent an archeological team to carry out systematic archeological work in an Arab country. China and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement for the excavation in December 2016.
Al Serrian, located in the southwestern Arabian Peninsula, was prosperous from the ninth to the 13th century.