On 25 June 2020 it was announced at the 27th meeting of the Advisory Council on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) restrictions on the optical resolution of satellite imagery over Israel would be dramatically lowered from the current level of 2m Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) down to 0.4m GSD.
Back in early 2017 we started trying to develop access to historic aerial photographs for the MENA region to support the work of the EAMENA project. This work was primarily driven by the need to access high-resolution imagery for The Occupied Palestinian Territories, where U.S. legislation known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment limited the resolution of contemporary commercial satellite imagery for this area. It also built on the earlier work of Professor David Kennedy’s work on our sister project, APAAME, in gathering these historic aerial photographs and our colleague Rebecca Repper’s work in digitising the Sir Aurel Stein and O.G.S. Crawford collections at the British Academy and UCL respectively.
We have recently uploaded an important set of vertical aerial photographs covering the eastern side of the northern section of the River Jordan as Information Resource records on the EAMENA database. These photographs, taken in late 1930 by ‘B’ Flight of 45 Squadron of the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) while attached to 14 Squadron RAF, provide a unique insight into this landscape prior to more recent settlement development and agricultural intensification. We can use these photographs to identify archaeological sites that have not previously been documented, many of which have subsequently been covered or destroyed by later development.
“Seeing these beautiful buildings and their amazing details made us feel the importance of documenting the cultural sites,” explains Dana
Aqeel is passionate about protecting the cultural heritage of his home. “I am a specialist in archaeology, and I deal with heritages and archaeological sites day in and day out. I see it as my duty to protect and record these endangered sites,” he explains.
As a curator with the National Heritage Institute (INP), Héla Mekki was surprised to discover that historic sites and monuments in this region were missing from archaeological maps of Tunisia.
Per ricordare il nostro caro amico recentemente scomparso, Andrea Zerbini, il team di EAMENA ha deciso di condividere i ricordi e alcune foto del periodo in cui Andrea ha lavorato con noi ad Oxford, dal 2015 al 2018.
The EAMENA team share their memories and photos of the time Andrea Zerbini worked with them from 2015 to 2018 in Oxford.
The Tahoun project builds on a previous survey – the Jabal Moussa survey – carried out in collaboration with EAMENA and the APJM, which documented the archaeology of the wider landscape.