About

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, inundation caused by dam construction, 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, and aims 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.

Organisation Committee

The Protecting the Past organising committee is composed of:

Zaki Aslan – ICCROM-ATHAR

Michael Fradley – EAMENA

Nada Hosking – GHF

Julia Nikolaus – EAMENA

George Richards – Art Jameel

Bijan Rouhani – EAMENA – Conference Coordinator

Shireen Sahouri – ICCROM-ATHAR

Letty ten Harkel – EAMENA

Andrea Zerbini – EAMENA – Conference Coordinator

Archaeology, conservation and tourism in the north of Jordan

The first Protecting the Past conference was held in Amman (Jordan) between 28-30 September 2015 at The Jordan Museum. This even was co-organised by EAMENA, the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, …

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Towards a better future with cultural heritage

The second Protecting the Past conference (entitled ‘Towards a Better Future with Cultural Heritage’) was held in Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq) in autumn 2016. A conference field trip to the Erbil Citadel also took place prior …

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Documentation as a Tool for Heritage Protection

The third Protecting the Past conference was held in Tunis (Tunisia) between 2-4 December 2017 at the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) Headquarters. The conference in Tunis followed a four-week training event …

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