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Archaeologists revive old, abandoned houses in Gaza

A team of archaeologists are restoring ancient abandoned houses in the old area of ​​Gaza and turning some of them into cultural cafes that serve the community.
A Palestinian woman stands at a new museum in the ancient Basha Palace, Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Jan. 27, 2010.

A team of archaeologists from the Iwan Center for Cultural Heritage at the Islamic University's Faculty of Engineering launched an initiative in July to restore ancient abandoned houses in Old Gaza in the eastern Gaza Strip, and transform some of them into cultural centers that serve the community. The initiative mainly aims to preserve these houses that date back to the Ottoman era, from demolition and decay.

The Iwan Center for Cultural Heritage that specializes in protecting antiquities is one of the few local entities that has recently launched several campaigns to preserve abandoned archaeological sites in Gaza.

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