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Interpretation Center

In 2009, the municipal government of Ghmat launched a project proposal for the restructuring of urban facilities and traffic. Architect Salima Naji was given the task of designing and eventually managing the project. Knowing the the value of national heritage and the importance of medieval Aghmat and being aware of the archaeological project, she has planned to integrate a heritage component into the urban renewal project. In light of this, the architect contacted the Aghmat Foundation and, in consultation with the archaeologists, developed a proposal for an interpretation center which will include a place for researchers to live and work, the open-air archaeological site, and a museum.

Salima Naji’s proposal constitutes a vision of what the Aghmat interpretaion center could be.

A large Andalusian style courtyard greets visitors. The entire layout and landscaping has been designed as a tribute to the lost city, recalling its forgotten urban splendor.

The scenographic project will begin with a reconstruction of medieval Moroccan palace architecture. The hammam will then be presented in a dedicated space. The rooms successively open to a reading of the local history as well as the history of successive Moroccan dynasties. An auditorium will complete the didactic component.

The concept of a museum associated with the site, was an obvious consequence of the quantity and quality of artifacts retrieved in the excavations. Fanning out in two blocks on the ground floor and first floor (1521 m2), a display of artifacts, reconstructed models, photographs and videos will tell the story of the medieval city and the process of its discovery by the archaeologists.

There will be a large reserve (150m ²) to store and protect excavated artifacts. Finally, a researchers’ house would complete the complex; it would offer lodging to archaeologists to provide an ideal framework for future excavations and analysis of findings on location.

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Archaeological Research

There are two areas within the palace which need to be excavated READ MORE

B
Inventory of artifacts

The excavation of Aghmat exhumed a large quantity of artifacts… READ MORE

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Consolidation and Restoration

Since 2005, the hammam has undergone some restoration each year… READ MORE

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Interpretation Center

In 2009, the municipal government of Ghmat launched a project proposal for the restructuring of urban facilities and traffic… READ MORE