LAaR: Libyan Antiquities at Risk
|Ghirza, tombs north A-C [Credit: Ph. Kenrick]|
Given the current political instability in Libya and the threats to which its archaeological heritage is exposed, the project’s intention is to create a website and associated database with descriptions and photographs of stone artefacts (mainly architectural elements and sculptures) belonging to funerary monuments in Cyrenaica and Tripolitania.
The principal aim of the project is to set up an online photographic reference collection which will help to safeguard the Libyan monuments threatened by destruction and looting. The database will have entries about each monument following a user-friendly format. This information will be primarily used to identify those objects which may be already circulating on the illegal market.
|Mselleten, obelisk tombs [Credit: Ph. Kenrick]|
The majority of information and photographic documentation will be sourced from the materials collected in the Society for Libyan Studies Archive, hosted at the University of Leicester. This project, sadly born of conflict, gives the Society for Libyan Studies the much-needed opportunity to digitize significant parts of the archive.
It also offers the possibility to further strengthen the already solid collaboration between the Society for Libyan Studies and the School of Archaeology and Ancient History of the University of Leicester. Additional funding will be sought after the initial 6 months to enable the continuation of the project and to expand the database by including other endangered antiquities.
The project members are: David Mattingly, Niccolò Mugnai, Julia Nikolaus, and Susan Walker.
For further information please contact: Niccolò Mugnai (firstname.lastname@example.org); Julia Nikolaus (email@example.com)
You can also follow the LAaR twitter feed here.
Source: University of Leicester [March 04, 2016]