Protecting the Past is the international conference and workshop series organised by the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) Project in cooperation with regional partners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The heritage of the MENA region is of international importance: the region contains millions of documented and un-documented archaeological sites. Whilst current international attention is focused on conflict damage, the heritage of these regions is at risk from multiple threats including looting, dam inundation, development and expanding agriculture.
The purpose of this series is to move beyond describing the threats facing the cultural heritage of the region and focus on understanding them, examining new approaches and projects for heritage protection. It promotes debate and discussion on the range of threats to cultural heritage sites, as well as aiming to to facilitate communication between different groups and enhance regional understanding of the issues. By bringing together different stakeholders, we hope to formulate strategies for the future, aimed at preserving cultural heritage sites and developing long-lasting partnerships within the MENA region.
Follow the links below to find more about our past events:
- Protecting the Past (1): Archaeology, conservation and tourism in the north of Jordan was held in Amman, Jordan, in 2015. The event was co-organised in partnership with the Department of Antiquities in Jordan and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, with the gracious patronage of HRH Prince al-Hassan bin Talal.
- Protecting the Past (2): Towards a better future with cultural heritage will be held in Sulaimani, Iraq, in Autumn 2016. The event is co-organised with the University of Sulaimani and the American Univeristy of Iraq in Sulaimani.