Dr Robert Bewley and Dr Jennie Bradbury | Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa Project, School of Archaeology
The talk will cover the origins and uses of aerial archaeology in the Middle East and end with a short explanation of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project, based at the Universities of Oxford and Leicester. The archaeological heritage of the Middle East and North Africa, which is of international significance for all periods, is under increasing threat from massive and sustained population explosion, agricultural development, urban expansion, warfare, and looting. The use of satellite and aerial imagery is especially important for those countries where access on the ground is either impossible or severely restricted (e.g. Syria, Libya and Iraq). The EAMENA project is recording and mapping unrecorded and endangered sites, to a uniform standard, and evaluating and monitoring their condition. The project provides this information to the relevant authorities required for effective protection of these sites.