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Maldives Heritage survey in Hulhumeedhoo completed

Nafaahath Ibrahim
23 August 2019, MVT 15:27
Koagannu Cemetry in Meedhoo, Addu Atoll. PHOTO: HERITAGE MINISTRY
Nafaahath Ibrahim
23 August 2019, MVT 15:27

Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage announced Thursday that the survey conducted by Maldives Heritage in Meedhoo, Addu Atoll has been successfully completed.

The survey commenced on June 23, after the team from Maldives Heritage met with Addu City Council.

During the survey, the team collected data regarding 267 monuments in 10 different areas of Meedhoo, including the Koagannu Cemetery.

Koagannu is the oldest and most historically significant cemetery in Maldives.

According to the ministry, the team recorded four mosques, 227 monuments, 1,535 tombstones at Koagannu Cemetery. The data collected include measurements, photographs, sketches, and field notes of all the monuments. The team also collected gravestone rubbings and took interviews regarding the history of the area.

Additionally, they shot drone footage of the areas and created 3D models for some of the monuments.

Altogether, the team will spend three to four months in Addu to complete the project, according to the ministry.

This project aims to document all the historical sites in eight atolls of Maldives. In addition to collecting data from the sites, the team will gather culturally significant information as well.

The project officially commenced in April 2018 and is scheduled to be completed within a period of two years.