Dating sanaa manuscripts
These items included large quantities of old manuscripts and parchments, as well as the Sana'a manuscript, found by construction workers while renovating an attic wall.
Not realizing the value of their find, they gathered up the documents, packed them away into potato sacks, and left them on the staircase of one of the mosque's minarets.
345, under Criteria: (iv)(v)(vi), which includes 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses of Sana’a, all built prior to the eleventh century.
Preservation of the Great Mosque, which is of exceptional religious and historical value, has been supported by UNESCO's World Heritage Institute of Training and Research-Asia and Pacific (Shanghai).
Analysis of the damages suffered by the mosque over several centuries of neglect has been identified as due to floods, rains, soil subsidence, old electrical wiring and connections, ground water seepage, vandalism and wars, and also very weak old buildings adjoining the mosque. Repairs and maintenance, initiated in 2003, continue to be carried out in phases, such as electrical system renovation.
Plastering has been redone, including restoration of the old traditional plaster work called qudad.
In 1972, construction workers renovating a wall in the attic of the Great Mosque of Sana'a in Yemen came across large quantities of old manuscripts and parchments.
Another view states that its ablaq design, with alternating layers of varying colored material, dates it to a pre-Islamic period.
The wooden ceilings, made of lacunari’s wood, are carved and painted.
They didn't realize what they had found and gathered up the documents, packed them away into some twenty potato sacks, and left them on the staircase of one of the mosque's minarets.
Qadhi Isma'il al-Akwa', then the president of the Yemeni Antiquities Authority realized the potential importance of the find.