dr emma cunliffe

Dr Emma Cunliffe

Affiliate Research Fellow


Developing ways of identifying and recording threats to heritage sites using satellite imagery and social media

My research interests focus on the types of damage sustained by archaeological sites in the Middle East in peace and war, and developing ways of identifying and recording the threats using satellite imagery and social media, to help develop ways of better protecting sites. This work has primarily focused on Syria and Iraq. As a part of this, I am interested in civil-military relations before, during, and after conflict, and in the ways heritage can be used in peacebuilding, and in post-conflict scenarios.

I am a member of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield, a charity working to protect archaeological sites from conflict and natural disasters, and a volunteer for the NGO Heritage for Peace.



GIS and Satellite Imagery Analysis, Cultural Heritage Destruction in Peace and Conflict, Landscape Archaeology, Civil Military Relations


Contact Information:
Dept of Archaeology, Durham University, Dawson Building, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 3342913

Email: emma.l.cunliffe@durham.ac.uk; emma.cunliffe@arch.ox.ac.uk