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Big Data in Maritime Archaeology: Challenges and Prospects from the Middle East and North Africa

Andreou, GM; Nikolaus, J; Westley, K; El Safadi, C; Blue, L; Smith, A; Breen, C; (2022) Big Data in Maritime Archaeology: Challenges and Prospects from the Middle East and North Africa. Journal of Field Archaeology 10.1080/00934690.2022.2028082. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The Middle East and North Africa have witnessed a surfeit of geospatial data collection projects, resulting in big databases with powerful deductive capacities. Despite the valuable insights and expansive evidentiary record offered by those databases, emphasis on anthropogenic threats to cultural heritage, combined with a limited integration of local perspectives, have raised important questions on the ethical and epistemological dimensions of big data. This paper contextualizes maritime cultural heritage (MCH) in those debates through the lens of the Maritime Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project (MarEA). MarEA is developing a unique for the region database for MCH designed to amalgamate a baseline record emphasizing spatial location, state of preservation, and vulnerability. This record will form a stepping stone toward finer-grained research on MCH and its interdisciplinary intersections. It is also developed as an information resource to facilitate local collaborators in prioritizing site monitoring and developing documentation, management, and mitigation strategies.

Type: Article
Title: Big Data in Maritime Archaeology: Challenges and Prospects from the Middle East and North Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2022.2028082
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00934690.2022.2028082
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: remote sensing, maritime cultural heritage, Libya, Oman, coastal erosion, cyclone
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142507
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