8 July 2010
Egypt Wins Spain’s Tartessos Prize for Preserving Arab Heritage


Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), represented by Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), won Tartessos, the Spanish international prize.

Received by CULTNAT Director Dr. Fathi Saleh, the prize was granted by Spanish Society for Antiquities during its second conference held in Seville city for Egypt’s role in preserving Arab heritage.

The prize also came in recognition of Dr. Saleh’s contributions to the development of the field of virtual antiquities.

The award is offered for the organizations that realize distinguished achievements in preserving and documenting antiquities.

The conference attendees praised the remarkable role played by CULTNAT in using state-of-the-art technology to preserve Arab heritage through digitizing and publishing it on the web. By doing that CULTNAT raises the awareness of the importance of preserving antiquities.


About CULTNAT
The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) was established in January 2000 as a project operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). In 2003, CULTNAT become an affiliate of MCIT and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The center runs an array of projects and programs for the documentation of both the tangible and intangible aspects of Egypt's cultural and natural heritage, including archeology, architecture, manuscripts, music, folklore, caricatures, plastic arts and natural resources.

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