This week saw the publication of the new report by the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, to be submitted to the UN General Assembly in the October session. Her topic – the intentional destruction of cultural heritage in conflict.
Since its beginning, one of the priorities for the EAMENA team has been to design an online platform (database) to record cultural heritage sites in the Middle East and North Africa and monitor their state of preservation.
Having recently returned from a successful field season in Lebanon, I wanted to use this blog (and Part 2, to appear soon) to reflect on some of the challenges in combining remote sensing and field survey, and to explore how we intially started data entry in this area of the EAMENA study region.
The 50th Seminar for Arabian Studies (SAS) was held at the British Museum between 29–31 July 2016. This year, the conference papers concentrated primarily on the archaeology of the UAE and Oman, with a few on Saudi Arabia and Yemen.