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

C Breen, Lucy Blue , Georgia Andreou, Crystal El Safadi, H.O. Huigens, Julia Nikolaus, Rodrigo Ortiz-Vazquez, Nick Ray, Ash Smith, Sophie Tews, K Westley

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberJMAR-D-21-00038R1
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Maritime Archaeology
Issue number4
Early online date20 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Sept 2022

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  • Maritime archaeology
  • maritime cultural heritage
  • MENA
  • Climate Change
  • Development
  • Climate change
  • Maritime cultural heritage
  • S.I. : Endangered Maritime Archaeology


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