Endangered maritime archaeology in North Africa – the MarEA Project

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Increasing pressure – such as from conflict, climate change and urbanisation – on maritime cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) led to the establishment of the Maritime Endangered Archaeology (MarEA) Project in 2019. This five-year programme aims to assess rapidly and comprehensively the vulnerability of maritime and coastal heritage in the MENA region and assist in its management in the face of the aforementioned challenges. The two case studies discussed in this article highlight some of the main aspects of MarEA's current work in North Africa by focusing on two different aspects of the methodological approach used: first, the generalised but comprehensive damage and threat assessment, as applied to all sites, and demonstrated for the historic port of Suakin (Sudan); second, site-specific shoreline change assessment for the purpose of assessing the impact of coastal erosion, as demonstrated for the World Heritage Site of Sabratha (Libya).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalLibyan Studies
Early online date12 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 12 Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Arcadia, a Charitable Fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, for generously funding our project. We would like to thank the EAMENA team (Oxford, Durham and Leicester Universities) for their collaboration, and acknowledge support from antiquities departments, archaeologists and scholars from the MENA region.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the British Institute for Libyan & Northern African Studies.


  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Cyrenaica
  • Coastal Change
  • Heritage Management
  • Heritage Protection
  • Climate Change


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