The EAMENA/CPF exhibitions are part of our Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) project that started in 2017. Over the last two years, the EAMENA team has been training heritage professionals from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine and Tunisia, in the use of open-source satellite imagery, the interpretation of aerial photographs, and the EAMENA database for rapid site documentation and condition assessments of archaeological sites under threat.
While the training is aimed at heritage professionals, the exhibitions are designed for the general public, especially schoolchildren, to raise awareness of the rich archaeology of the region and the threats that heritage faces. Most importantly, we hope that the panels will inspire a sense of pride in, and ownership of, the rich cultural heritage in each countries. The exhibitions have been produced in close collaboration with the relevant partner country.
Each exhibition comprises 12 banners organised around three themes. The first group introduces remote sensing and the work of the EAMENA project and the CPF training. The second group highlights the heritage and history of each individual country. The final group provides information about potential and current threats to heritage and highlights how these might be mitigated.
From the outset, our goal has been to create accessible and inclusive displays. We want to engage with as wide range of people as possible. The text has been written to meet museum readability standards and has been translated into locally-spoken Arabic, and French, where applicable.
The banners are designed to be easily transported and assembled. They are colour-coded to facilitate the setting up in many and varied places. The goal is for the exhibitions to tour schools, museums, and public meeting places, across both urban and remote areas of the countries. Visitors will learn about the diverse archaeology of their country. They will gain insight into the importance and value of heritage management. Most importantly, they will be encouraged to become involved in understanding and protecting the cultural heritage of their region.
On our website you will soon be able to explore the exhibitions in greater detail once more, so remember to check back here soon.