The archaeological site of Faida is located only few kilometres south of the modern city of Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The site is an extraordinary rock art complex consisting of a 6.5 km long Assyrian canal and a series of monumental panels sculpted in low-relief along its side.
A year ago my colleague Paola Sconzo from the University of Tübingen and I decided to start a new project on the endangered archaeology of the Upper Tigris region in Iraq.
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.
My research updates information about the ancient Parthian city of Hatra and its valuable connection with the local community. Using remote sensing data, recent imagery and archived information about the site, an up-to-date assessment of the city and a map showing changes through time will be created.
On March 13th, Dr Alaa Hamdon, Dr Robert Bewley (EAMENA Director), Dr Bijan Rouhani (EAMENA Senior Researcher), and Professor Graham Philip (EAMENA Co-Investigator, Durham University) attended a meeting at the House of Commons
This July I took part in the two week EAMENA volunteer program at Durham University Department of Archaeology where I was trained in the use of satellite imagery for locating and monitoring archaeological sites in the Middle East.
The UCL Institute of Archaeology Air Survey Photographs: an archaeological reference collection of Royal Air Force aerial imagery from 1918–1939
The UCL Institute of Archaeology Collections Air Survey photographs comprise a series of glass plate negatives, cellulose negatives, safety negatives, and prints of Royal Air Force (RAF) aerial photographs taken between 1918 and 1939. The photographs are predominantly of Iraq, the former Transjordan, Egypt, and Sudan (see distribution map).
If you have access to or information about the whereabouts of any historical aerial photographs for the Middle East or North Africa, whether prints or negatives, we would be very interested to hear from you.
The EAMENA project documents endangered heritage in 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In all but Iran, Arabic is the main language spoken in these countries. Therefore, in order to enhance the value of the EAMENA database as a heritage mapping and management tool for researchers and institutions based in the MENA region, the team has prioritised translating the platform into this language.
As part of our Protecting the Past intiative, from October 27th–28th, several members of the EAMENA team (Robert Bewley, Jennie Bradbury, Emma Cunliffe, Andrea Zerbini) were able to run a training workshop in Iraqi Kurdistan for staff and students from the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) and the University of Sulaimani.