Since the beginning of 2017, one of the tasks the EAMENA team have been busy working on is collating and digitising existing data from surveys and excavations in Lebanon. These are published in a variety of places and ways, ranging from, for example, synthetic overview reports, to institute newsletters and archaeological journals.
Numerous surveys have been carried out across Northern Lebanon, from the Akkar plain in the north, to Copeland and Wescombe’s work across Lebanon as a whole
Neil Brodie will be spending January and February working with Lebanese NGO Biladi to offer a training course on international law and law enforcement as regards the theft and illegal trade of cultural objects.
At the beginning of October, I started my role as one of four new Part-Time Image Interpreters for the EAMENA project. One of the challenges of the project is to map heritage sites and identify potential threats to these in the vast EAMENA region
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.
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.