We are pleased to announce the launch of EAMENA’s international conference and workshop series entitled ‘Protecting the Past’ (www.protectingthepast.com). Over the next two years, the Protecting the Past series will promote a number of initiatives, in partnership with governmental organisations and Universities based in the MENA region. The aim of the workshop series is to promote discussion on threats to cultural heritage sites as well as to develop strategies aimed at their preservation. Through Protecting the Past, we aim to provide the opportunities for training a selected number of professionals and graduate students based in the MENA region, by familiarising them with the applications of remote mapping to archaeological analysis and heritage management. Finally, these events will allow us to introduce our online information database of cultural heritage sites and to make it available to all of our regional partners in the Middle East and North Africa.
The first event of this series will take place at the Jordan Museum in Amman, Jordan, between 27 and 30 September 2015. Co-organised by EAMENA, the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, this event is under the patronage of HRH Prince al-Hassan bin Talal and is co-sponsored by a number of Jordanian and international organisations. The purpose of this conference is to discuss how recent advances in the archaeological investigation of northern Jordan can influence a wider approach to understanding Jordan’s cultural heritage through discovery, re-interpretation and better presentation. Among the sessions planned for the conference is a round table on the impact of geodatabases and remote mapping for cultural heritage monitoring and protection. EAMENA director Dr Robert Bewley will be among the discussants.
Further details on this and other ‘Protecting the Past’ events will be posted on the EAMENA and Protecting the Past websites.