Endangered Archaeology in Libya: tracking damage and destruction

Louise Rayne, Nichole Sheldrick, Julia Nikolaus

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Libya's archaeological heritage is under serious threat, not only because of recent conflict, but also due to other factors such as urban expansion, agricultural development, natural resource prospection, vandalism, looting and natural deterioration. The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa Project (EAMENA) has developed a database and methodology using remote sensing and other techniques to rapidly document archaeological sites and any disturbances and threats to them in Libya and across the MENA region. This paper will demonstrate this methodology and highlight the various types of disturbances and threats affecting the archaeology of Libya, concentrating on four case studies in different areas of the country, including the coastal plain around Zliten, a section of the Wadi Sofeggin in the pre-desert, and the desert oases of Jufra and Murzuq.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-49
JournalLibyan Studies
Early online date22 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Nov 2017


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