CANCELLED: Archaeological Heritage in Conflict Zones

CANCELLED: Archaeological Heritage in Conflict Zones

02 February 2017 09:30 to 03 February 2017 18:00

Venue: Cultural & Convention Centre | METU – ANKARA |

The countries of the Middle East are blessed with an extraordinary cultural patrimony of huge importance to each of them and to humankind at large. The region is home to 39 sites (as of 2015) already inscribed on the World Heritage List maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and has enormous amounts non-material heritage as well.

However, due to conflict, the cultural heritage of the Middle East has suffered unprecedented damage, destruction and looting in recent history, especially in Iraq and Syria since 2014. Neighbouring countries, including Turkey, have been affected too. The continuous turmoil causes the archaeological and cultural heritage to experience a high level of neglect and damages.

In an attempt to analyse the current condition of the region’s archaeological heritage, the conference aims to:

  • Explore the characteristics, capacities, needs and constraints of the Middle East region’s archaeological heritage sector (specifically in Iraq and Syria) but also in neighbouring regions, and its relevance to conflict resolution and contribution towards ending the crisis.
  • Take stock, describe and analyse past and current support for preservation and management of the Middle East wider region’s archaeological heritage.
  • Extract the lessons of experience, define and identify a strategy framework for future assistance for preserving and managing the Middle East region’s archaeological heritage.

The conference note for the event is available here.

The conference is co-organised by:

Middle East Technical University (METU/ODTÜ) Centre for Research and Assessment of Historical Environment (TAÇDAM),
the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)
the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
and supported by the British and the United States Embassies to Turkey

Open to all | Registration essential
Register by email at register.METU.conflict.Feb2017@gmail.com​