Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA)
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 It uses modern and legacy satellite imagery, aerial photography and published and unpublished data to rapidly assess and record archaeological sites and landscapes that are under threat across the MENA region.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.
The EAMENA project has been also awarded from the Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) for Training in Endangered Archaeology Methodology with the Middle East and North African Heritage Stakeholders. This three-year project will train archaeologists from seven 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. Archaeologists from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria (or Iraq), Libya, Palestine, and Tunisia will be trained in the use of the EAMENA database, with the overall aim of enabling heritage professionals to better identify and assess threats to cultural heritage which has not yet been recorded.
Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is a non-profit organization that operates internationally. Its mission is to sustainably preserve the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in developing regions of the world. GHF works to empower communities through heritage preservation. Striving for a future that’s beyond monuments, GHF partners with local people, communities, organizations, and governments to both preserve the timeless heritage of the past and ensure that it is a vibrant and beneficial part of the present. Browse our many projects below to learn how Global Heritage Fund is forging a brighter future through heritage preservation, community empowerment, and responsible long-term stewardship. GHF envisions a world where communities are empowered to view their heritage as precious, appreciate it as a fount of inspiration, and protect it as a pillar of the past and an enhancement to the future. Currently, GHF works in 19 countries, at 28 sites, and with 114 partners, and has empowered people to build a future for themselves that’s beyond monuments. AMAL in Heritage is Global Heritage Fund’s new tool for culture in crisis in the Middle East and North Africa.
ICCROM (The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide through training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy programmes. It aims to enhance the field of conservation-restoration and raise awareness to the importance and fragility of cultural heritage.
ICCROM-ATHAR is a regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah is a continuation of ICCROM’s ATHAR programme, which has dedicated its activities since it was launched in 2004, to the protection of cultural heritage in the Arab region and to broadening access, appreciation and understanding of its rich history. Basing its philosophy, goals and activities on its wide knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage in the Arab region, ATHAR Centre today is working to enhance the capacity of official heritage institutions to manage heritage sites, historic monuments and museum collections on a sustainable basis. These objectives are foreseen to be achieved through a series of regional educational and field activities including capacity building, consultation, dissemination of information and symposia, workshops and seminars.
The Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organization (ALECSO) is a specialized institution headquartered in Tunis, functions in the framework of the Arab League of States, and is concerned with enhancing the fields of education, culture and science at regional and national levels, and coordinating between Arab states thereon. It was created by virtue of Article 3 of the Arab Cultural Unity Charter, and was officially declared in Cairo on 25 July 1970. The aim through creating the organization as stipulated in Article One of its constitution, is allowing for intellectual unity between the different parts of the Arab region via education, culture and sciences; and raising its cultural standards so that it be up to the duty of keeping up-to-date with the universal civilization and positively contributing in its make. In the framework of this general goal, ALECSO performs a number of tasks which mainly consist in seeking to enhance human resources in Arab countries; the conditions of developing education, culture, science, the environment, and communication in them; the Arabic language and Arab-islamic culture within the region and overseas; and laying bridges of dialogue and cooperation between this culture and other worldwide cultures.