There’s Now a Database of Cultural Sites in Danger. It has 20,000 Entries; Sarah Pruitt; History in the Headlines

Yemen – Historic Town of Zabid

History is under siege across the Middle East and North Africa. Due to armed conflict, looting, construction, tourist traffic, water and wind erosion almost 20,000 sites are believed to be at risk. To help bring attention to the precarious situation, a team of British researchers recently launched the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Database, an online resource that assesses the current condition of heritage sites and details threats to their survival.

A combination of the revolutionary upheavals of the Arab Spring, conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen; construction and agriculture projects, tourism and just plain old weather have put the diverse archaeological sites of the Middle East and North Africa at increasing risk over the last few years.

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