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Official Launch of New Database of ‘at risk’ Archaeological Sites

Posted on May, 12, 2017
Contributed to WCHV by WCHV

WCHV congratulates the launch of a new database housed at University of Oxford, Durham University and University of Leicester.  The database also emphasizes the awareness of the scale of the problems related to the cost of conflict on heritage sites.  The new database will provide information for each heritage site, including the level of risk. The database will be accessible to all heritage professionals and institutions with an interest in the archaeological heritage of the Middle East and North Africa.

The funding for the new database has been provided by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing. EAMENA which stands for Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa was established in January 2015 to respond to the increasing threats to archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa. The project uses satellite imagery to rapidly record and make available information about archaeological sites and landscapes which are under threat.
Dr Robert Bewley, from the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford and Director of EAMENA project, said: ‘Not all damage and threats to the archaeology can be prevented, but they can be mitigated through the sharing of information and specialist skills.” As stated on Oxford University’s website.  The archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa is exceptionally rich and diverse, giving insight into some of the earliest and most significant cultures in human history.

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