The al-Jufra oases in Libya consist of three towns; Waddan, Hun and Sukna. Although there has been little archaeological work, the oases are of international significance as the likely centre for several Berber polities and for their crucial role in Trans-Saharan trade. Our satellite imagery analysis has identified 86 individual sites
Early in 2015, a colleague working in the Eastern Desert of Egypt alerted us to the fact that a number of early Roman forts had been damaged or even completely destroyed by looters. It was decided, therefore, to launch a case study in this region to investigate the damage and potential threats to the archaeological sites.
One of the principal aims of EAMENA is the survey of archaeological sites for threat or disturbance through the use of satellite imagery and aerial photographs. The compilation of what archaeology or heritage is there to begin with, before we can access how it has been impacted over time, is a many-faceted process. One of my tasks at the moment is scanning for potential sites in Yemen using satellite imagery available through Google Earth. This process is complemented by knowledge of previous archaeological surveys in the region.
Friday 24 July is the ‘Day of Archaeology’, where archaeologists describe their working day to ‘help show the world why archaeology is vital to protect the past and inform our futures’. And today (Tuesday 21st July) it’s my turn to write a blog post for my Project! So who am I, and what do I do?
Welcome to the first blog of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project. To begin with we thought we would offer a quick summary of the way in which the project will be collecting the bulk of its data through the analysis of satellite imagery. In this, the first year of the project, we will be focusing on countries such as Saudia Arabia and Egypt.
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