Hosh Al-Aqeeli in As-Samou' ©


We are pleased to award the Enhancing vernacular heritage in As-Samou' project £641,204

This two year project focuses on the documentation, conservation and adaptive re-use of vernacular built heritage to address severe conflict damage in As-Samou'.

Cultural heritage in As-Samou'

Located in the southernmost part of the West Bank, the ancient city of As-Samou' is richly endowed with cultural heritage. A Roman temple, remains of the city walls, an ancient tower and an ancient synagogue are among the most important heritage assets of the city. 

In addition to these archaeological assets, As-Samou' is host to vernacular heritage in the form of a large number of built ensembles or compounds  (ahwash)  that demonstrate the local architectural style, and a mix of ‘historic’ construction materials and techniques. 

Training young apprentices to conserve heritage 

In this two year project, young apprentices will be trained in cultural heritage conservation and management of sites, to focus on the documentation, conservation and adaptive re-use of vernacular built heritage. The project will begin with the identification, documentation and assessment of buildings in the ahwash, with the view for simple excavation work to take place if valuable remains are discovered. 

A pilot restoration project will be run at hosh Al-Aqeeli which will provide training for 20 young apprentices and labourers with a focus to involve underemployed or unemployed engineers, architects and craftsmen. In addition to this, a new cultural youth centre will be established, and educational activities will be delivered to the local community. 


Since its establishment in Florence in 1990, HYDEA brings its experience in the areas of protection, valorization and dissemination of cultural heritage to public and private clients in Italy and abroad. Over the years, the company has expanded its areas of expertise to include museums, cultural tourism, and culture in general.

HYDEA provides on a regular basis technical and advisory services in the fields of culture and cultural heritage, encompassing a wide range of disciplines including cultural policies, cultural industries, cultural tourism, conservation of monuments and heritage sites, inventorying of tangible/intangible cultural heritage assets, design of conservation works, management of heritage sites, etc. Governmental agencies and international donors have retained HYDEA’s services on a variety of assignments worldwide (Northern Africa, Middle East, continental Africa, Asia, and Latin America).

Project Partners

Habash Consulting Engineers (HCE)

As Samou' Municipality