Aim
Aim

We aim to record the impact of threats on heritage sites in the maritime and coastal zone

Approach
Approach

We endeavour to build and work in close partnership with the regional countries

Coverage
Coverage

We cover the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

Approach
Approach

We endeavour to build and work in close partnership with the regional countries

Aim
Aim

We aim to record the impact of threats on heritage sites in the maritime and coastal zone

Coverage
Coverage

We cover the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

About
The University of Southampton and Ulster University, in partnership with Oxford University, have received a grant of £2 million from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to support the MarEA (Maritime...
Maritime Heritage
Through building and reinforcing partnerships with countries in the region, in addition to recording and documenting sites, MarEA endeavours to establish foundations for the sustainable management of the endangered maritime heritage. The coastal zone in...
Team
MarEA builds on the expertise of its team based at Ulster University and the University of Southampton, in addition to our partner EAMENA project team. Our team combines diverse skills in maritime archaeology, cultural heritage...
Contact
For further information and enquiry contact us on: marea@soton.ac.uk Address:                                                   ...

Documenting endangered maritime cultural heritage along the coast and underwater has never been so important. The regional threats with respect to coastal development, offshore industry, and the impacts of coastal and climate change, are greater than ever. Thanks to the insight of Arcadia, the Universities of Southampton and Ulster are now able to tackle these challenges before these iconic sites are lost forever.

Dr Lucy blue

The University of Southampton and Ulster University, in partnership with Oxford University, have received a grant of £2 million from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to support the MarEA (Maritime Endangered Archaeology) project.

MarEA aims to rapidly and comprehensively document and assess threats to the maritime and coastal archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa.

Maritime heritage sites in this region face many threats, particularly from conflict, rising sea-levels partly caused by climate change, and urban and industrial development. The protection and preservation of these sites is vital for increasing our understanding of maritime cultural heritage and for the potential benefits which heritage could bring to economic prosperity in the region. However, in many cases, extant research is fragmented, essential baseline data on site location, condition and threats are absent, and local agencies may lack the specialist expertise to deal with both maritime heritage sites and/or coastal and marine processes.

Over a five-year period, Dr. Lucy Blue from the University of Southampton’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Dr. Colin Breen from Ulster University’s School of Geography and Environmental Sciences will lead a team to study satellite imagery, published data and archival information from coastal and nearshore zones across the MENA region. The collected data and the condition assessments for all analysed sites will be added to the open access database platform of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project hosted by the University of Oxford.