The focus of the project is recording the upstanding traditional (vernacular) architecture of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, including residential houses, agricultural structures, buildings for worship (mosques) and communal structures (e.g. towers; forts; mercantile buildings). Coastal and Mountain architecture have been examined ranging from town and village to individual structures. Currently most of the historic architecture of Ras al Khaimah is unrecorded in a systematic manner, and indeed, many structures are being lost to development or natural decay. Creating an accurate map of these assets leads to further study The results include a book and academic articles. . Currently over 2000 structures have been recorded in two seasons, with a further field season to follow. The record will form a significant part of the Sites and Monument Record for RAK.
The scope of the entire project encompasses four phases of works: Field Record and Photographs with polygonised sites; provided a custom database system tied to GIS mapping; training in survey technology; preperation of academic and popular literature. The system was designed to dovetail with Arches Project Cultural Heritage Inventory and Management system with the ability to be updated, collect new project data and monitor sites via a digital cloud based system.
Connolly D. and H. Kdolska 2019.
Traditional Architecture of Ras al-Khaimah (UAE), Mapping Project: Phase Ia (unpublished report, available from Department of Antiquities & Museums, Government of Ras al-Khaimah)
Connolly D. and H. Kdolska 2020.
Traditional Architecture of Ras al-Khaimah (UAE), Mapping Project: Phase Ib (unpublished report, available from Department of Antiquities & Museums, Government of Ras al-Khaimah)