Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa

Robert Bewley, University of Oxford

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

12:30 PM

Room 345, Penn Museum

Brown Bag Lecture - Please Bring a Lunch

The archaeological heritage of the Middle East and North Africa is of huge global significance. It includes very large, and often unrecorded landscapes, with significant prehistoric, classical period and historic sites, including twentieth century sites. The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project is discovering and recording archaeological sites and assessing threats to these sites, using satellite imagery and aerial photographs. This lecture will present the approach, initial results and future strategies for the project. An open-access web-based information system is being designed to allow basic information about each site to be easily accessible for anyone interested in preserving archaeological sites in the region. The biggest threats to these archaeological sites are agricultural activities, road and dam building, conflict zones, looting and the huge increase in village, town and urban expansion, as a result of the quickly rising populations.

All events are sponsored, in part, by the PoGo Family Foundation.