Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) & Arcadia
The EAMENA project is generously funded by Arcadia, a Fund set up to support charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. http://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/about-arcadia/about-arcadia/
EAMENA was initiated in 2015 and is based at the universities of Oxford and Leicester. It uses modern and legacy satellite imagery, aerial photography and published and unpublished data to rapidly assess and record archaeological sites and landscapes that are under threat across the MENA region. Our multi-lingual spatial database is designed to incorporate evidence about each site, including information on the nature and potential dating of the archaeological features, as well as the disturbances and threats affecting them. Training has already been provided (March 2016) on the platform to Libyan archaeologists, with very positive feedback. It is hoped that by the end of 2020 over 120 trainees will have been trained in the EAMENA methodology, leading to more trained personnel, with enhanced skills in appropriate areas, to monitor and protect archaeological sites in the MENA region.
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS)
The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani was established in 2007 to be a catalyst for innovation in higher education in the country. The institution is not only innovative in its teaching methodology, but has established itself as a centre of learning unaffected by sectarian divides and affiliations, where talented students from across the country and region would come to learn, regardless of their ethnic, sociopolitical or economic background. The University received recognition by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in 2011 as the number one private university in Iraqi Kurdistan. As it has continued to deverlop and grow, it remains firmly committed to the ideal around which it was founded: to build a center of excellence and research dedicated to educating talented students from across Iraq and the region.
The event is being held in partnership with the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) Research Center and the Center for Arcaheology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE). CACHE advances a scientific understanding of the past through remote sensing, geophysics, and traditional archaeological investigations. The Center also promotes training, discussion and dissemination of knowledge about archaeology and cultural heritage in Iraq and the Kurdistan region as a safeguard against indiscriminate destruction by groups such as ISIS.
University of Sulaimani
Established in 1968, today the University of Sulaimani includes 8 Faculties and 2 Colleges. UoS is a center for knowledge and change in Kurdistan Region and Iraq. The University’s working principles enshrine the observance of human rights, women’s rights, children rights, tolerance and democracy.
The event is held in partnership with the UoS Department of Archaeology.
We are pleased to acknowledge the invaluable support provided to us by a number of institutions and funding bodies without whom this initiative could not have been organised. Our partners are listed below:
The EU Delegation to Iraq
We would like to extend our thanks to the EU Delegation for its partnership with us.
The Delegation represents the European Union in Iraq and, as a diplomatic mission, works closely with the 13 Member State Embassies that are represented in Baghdad as well as their Missions in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. The Delegation is the permanent and principal interlocutor of the EU vis-à-vis local authorities, the international community and all other stakeholders for all matters related to EU external action. Acting in close cooperation with all EU Member State diplomatic missions, the Delegation strives to ensure the unity, consistency and effectiveness of EU external action in Iraq. It ensures the follow-up of bilateral relations in the political, economic, trade, energy and development areas.
More information about the EU delegation to Iraq can be found at https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/iraq/689/about-the-eu-delegation-to-iraq_en
The Barakat Trust
We would like to extend our thanks to the Barakat Trust for a grant providing financial support for this event.
More information about the Barakat Trust can be found at http://barakat.org/index.php/en/
The Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund for Near Eastern Archaeology
We would like to extend our thanks to the Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund for Near Eastern Archaeology for a grant providing financial support for this event.