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Documenting, protecting and managing endangered maritime cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

Documenting, protecting and managing endangered maritime cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
Documenting, protecting and managing endangered maritime cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
For millennia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been a culturally dynamic zone, bounded by maritime societies dependent on the sea for communication, trade and livelihoods. The archaeological evidence of these past societies represents an extraordinary physical legacy of human endeavour and presence across this region, contributing to senses of place, identity and belonging amongst contemporary coastal communities. However, the coastal landscapes and marine environment of the MENA region are undergoing a period of profound change, associated with large-scale human development and climate change. In order to assess this change and the level of impact on the resource, the Maritime Endangered Archaeology project (MarEA) was established in 2019 to document cultural heritage sites and landscapes across the coastal and near-shore zones of the survey region. This paper introduces the work of the project and outlines a series of case studies presented in this volume that are representative of the variety and depth of work being undertaken within the project.
Climate change, Development, MENA, Maritime cultural heritage
1557-2285
341-352
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Breen, Colin, Blue, Lucy, Andreou, Georgia, El Safadi, Crystal, Huigens, Harmen, Nikolaus, Julia, Ortiz-Vazquez, Rodrigo, Ray, Nick, Smith, Ash, Tews, Sophie and Westley, Kieran (2022) Documenting, protecting and managing endangered maritime cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 17 (3), 341-352. (doi:10.1007/s11457-022-09338-z).

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For millennia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been a culturally dynamic zone, bounded by maritime societies dependent on the sea for communication, trade and livelihoods. The archaeological evidence of these past societies represents an extraordinary physical legacy of human endeavour and presence across this region, contributing to senses of place, identity and belonging amongst contemporary coastal communities. However, the coastal landscapes and marine environment of the MENA region are undergoing a period of profound change, associated with large-scale human development and climate change. In order to assess this change and the level of impact on the resource, the Maritime Endangered Archaeology project (MarEA) was established in 2019 to document cultural heritage sites and landscapes across the coastal and near-shore zones of the survey region. This paper introduces the work of the project and outlines a series of case studies presented in this volume that are representative of the variety and depth of work being undertaken within the project.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 August 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 September 2022
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2022, The Author(s).
Keywords: Climate change, Development, MENA, Maritime cultural heritage

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Local EPrints ID: 470712
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/470712
ISSN: 1557-2285
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ORCID for Georgia Andreou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8557-9554
ORCID for Crystal El Safadi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6399-5875
ORCID for Rodrigo Ortiz-Vazquez: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3451-0952
ORCID for Ash Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5312-1189

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Author: Colin Breen
Author: Lucy Blue
Author: Georgia Andreou ORCID iD
Author: Harmen Huigens
Author: Julia Nikolaus
Author: Nick Ray
Author: Ash Smith ORCID iD
Author: Sophie Tews
Author: Kieran Westley

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