In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council has launched a new £30 million fund to help to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage affected by conflict overseas.
The Fund aims to protect and preserve physical monuments and religious sites, as well as ‘intangible’ heritage: inherited traditions, beliefs and cultural identity, passed down through generations – all of which have been increasingly under threat in the Middle East and North Africa as Daesh have gained power in the region.
The EAMENA project has been awarded £1,615,025 from the Cultural Protection Fund for Training in Endangered Archaeology Methodology with Middle East and North African Heritage Stakeholders. This is a partnership between the the Universities of Oxford, Leicester, and Durham.
This three-year project will train archaeologists from six countries in the use of an open-source aerial recording methodology, designed for conflict zones and other areas where access on the ground is restricted.