In addition to the above archaeological assets, As Samou’ also boasts an interesting vernacular heritage in the form of traditional built ensembles (ahwash) that reflect a variety of architectural styles and a mix of ‘historic’ construction materials, attesting to the intricacies of the city’s long history. Like any other village, town or city situated in the West Bank, As Samou’s cultural heritage is threatened at two levels. At one level, it suffers from the consequences of the Israeli occupation, for the city never recovered from the consequences of the large destruction perpetrated in 1966. At another level, an incremental deterioration is due to several internal factors, including fragmentation in ownership, high costs of maintenance and restoration and, until recently, a general lack of awareness by local authorities of the need to address the situation and salvage this heritage. The rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the city ‘s ahwash for social and community development purposes are considered a priority by large chunks of the population and fit nicely into the national Strategy and Program of Regeneration of the Historical Centers which the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government is implementing with the assistance of international donors.