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GHF/J.M Kaplan Award Funds Documentation of Over 3,000 Endangered Heritage Sites in MENA
Supported by the Arcadia Fund and the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) and based at the Universities of Oxford, Leicester, and Durham, the EAMENA project was established in 2015 to respond to the increasing threats to archaeological sites in the MENA region. The EAMENA project (www.eamena.org) and its database integrates aerial, satellite and ground observed information. The prime purpose of the CPF grant to the EAMENA project is to provide training in new methodologies to assess threats to significant archaeological sites that have not yet been recorded, and thus improve the chances of monitoring and protecting these sites in the future. Twenty-one workshops for over 150 participants from seven countries have taken place since November 2017.
The EAMENA Project has recently teamed up with The Global Heritage Fund (GHF) to offer important opportunities to those involved in our recent training workshops. The GHF’s mission is to empower communities through historic preservation beyond monuments®. The grants provided by GHF thanks to the J.M. Kaplan fund are a wonderful example of this.
The GHF Awards aim to fund community capacity building, training, and grassroots protection of endangered heritage in the MENA region. This year, three documentation projects have received grants, all conducted by heritage experts trained by the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project (EAMENA) for protecting threatened cultural heritage across the MENA region.
Read about the progress of the 2019 recipients below, and look out for more updates when they present this December at the 2019 Protecting the Past Conference.
Héla Mekki is one of the trainees of the EAMENA Project’s Training Scheme, funded by the UK Government’s Cultural Protection Fund (CPF).
Héla Mekki Documentation of Heritage Sites in the El Dhaher Mountain Range
Project sites in the El Dhaher Mountain Range.
Training in satellite prospecting and the use of QGIS software.