Aerial Archaeology and Remote Sensing in the Middle East: Monitoring Change

21 October 2018 18:00 to 19:30

102 Uhod St, Tla' al-Ali, Amman, Jordan


There has been a long tradition of aerial reconnaissance for archaeology in the Middle East. Dr Bewley will provide, in a historical context, the current importance of using remote sensing for monitoring the condition of archaeological sites under threat across the Middle East. The pace of change is now so rapid that there is a crisis for the cultural heritage of the region. This paper will discuss the main agents of damage and destruction. Finally it will look forward to possible solutions and opportunities for raising awareness and increasing the understanding of the region’s important archaeological sites.


Dr Robert Bewley has been the co-Director of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan project (with Professor David Kennedy) since 1998. He has been the Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project, since 2015, at the University of Oxford, funded by the Arcadia Fund and the Cultural Protection Fund). Prior to this, he was English Heritage’s Regional Director for the South-West of England from 2004-2007 and Director of Operations for the Heritage Lottery Fund from 2007-2014.

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