A square roofless fortress sits on arid lands in Iunca
Drone training at a fortress. ©

Durham University

From heritage professionals receiving training in various documentation techniques to archaeologists learning how to use an open-source recording methodology, discover more about the Cultural Protection Fund funded projects relating to Libya below.

Find out more about the projects:

Training in Action

£963,825 awarded to Durham University to train 40 staff from Libyan and Tunisian national heritage organisations in documentation techniques, preventative conservation and heritage management. This project is delivered in partnership with the Institute National du Partimone de Tunisie, the Department of Antiquities, Libya and the Society of Libyan Studies. There is also involvement from scholars resident at Kings College London and the University College London.

Heritage professionals have now received training in various documentation techniques such as geographic information system and survey techniques, and site, monument and object recording through the use of drones, photogrammetry and large-scale 3D. Additionally, they have also had training in preventive conservation and heritage management on site and in museums conservation ethics and management of cultural heritage. The trainees undertook their own additional mini-projects supported by micro-grants, which allowed the trainees to practice the various skills that they had developed.

Additionally, select participants have received further advanced training in an object recording app (HeDAP) which has been developed to record quickly and effectively archaeological and movable materials from museums and open sites. The data is then fed into national databases and the intention is that both countries will create specialised units who communicate with Interpol to deter looting.

Find out more about the project in our interview with Durham University's Dr Anna Leone.

Training in Endangered Archaeology Methodology

£2,161,054 awarded to a consortium of three UK higher education institutions (University of Oxford, University of Leicester, and University of Durham) with the University of Oxford acting as the lead applicant, to train archaeologists from eight countries in the use of an open-source aerial recording methodology, designed for conflict zones and other areas where access to the ground is restricted. This project is delivered in partnership with the Department of Antiquities, Jordan; Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Palestine; General Organisation of Antiquities and Museums, Yemen; Department of Antiquities, Libya; Directorate General of Antiquities, Lebanon; Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisia; State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, Iraq; Ministry of State of Antiquities, Egypt; and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.

To date, 170 archaeologists have been trained in the use of an open-source recording methodology designed for conflict zones and areas with restricted ground access. Additionally, the project has contributed to enhancing records by supporting the creation of national databases.

10-month project for 2020-21

£749,790 has been awarded following the Impact round in order to capitalise on previous work. This involves extending the use of the database, better management of archaeological sites and training professionals in local countries on new techniques in heritage management. 

Azday: Oral traditional heritage of Infusen

£36,270 awarded to The Khalifa Ihler Institute who will collate and disseminate the oral histories of the Amazigh people, an indigenous tribal population in Libya whose intangible cultural heritage has rarely been documented. Their stories will be collected, curated and published along with a digital booklet and transcription available in Tamazight (the Amazigh’s traditional language), Arabic and English.