Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Satellite imagery and heritage damage in Egypt: a response to Parcak et al. (2016)

  • Michael Fradley (a1) and Nichole Sheldrick (a1)
Extract

In a recent article, Parcak et al. (2016) presented the results of a study in which they used satellite imagery to evaluate looting and other damage at over one thousand heritage sites in Egypt. Assessing imagery dating between 2002 and 2013, their results indicated an increase in visible damage to sites during this period caused by looting and encroachment, which by Parcak et al.’s definition “includes building development, cemetery growth, agricultural expansion and intentional damage through targeted destruction” (2016: 190). Their findings support the work of previous authors who have documented an increase in looting and other damage to archaeological sites connected with increasing nationwide economic and political instability (e.g. Ikram 2013; Ikram & Hanna 2013).

Copyright
References
Hide All
Brodie, N. & Contreras, D.A.. 2012. The economics of the looted archaeological site of Bab edh-Dhra: a view from Google Earth, in Lazrus, P.K. & Barker, A.W. (ed.) All the king's horses. Essays on the impact of looting and the illicit antiquities trade on our knowledge of the past: 924. Washington, D.C.: Society for American Archaeology.
Casana, J. & Panahipour, M.. 2014. Satellite-based monitoring of looting and damage to archaeological sites in Syria. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies 2: 128–51.
Contreras, D.A. & Brodie, N.. 2010. Quantifying destruction: an evaluation of the utility of publicly available satellite imagery for investigating looting of archaeological sites in Jordan. Journal of Field Archaeology 35: 101–14.
Ikram, S. 2013. Cultural heritage in times of crisis: the view from Egypt. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies 1: 366–71.
Ikram, S. & Hanna, M.. 2013. Looting and land grabbing: the current situation in Egypt. ARCE Bulletin 202: 3439.
Kersel, M.M. 2007. Transcending borders: objects on the move. Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress 2007: 8198.
Kersel, M.M. & Chesson, M.S.. 2013. Looting matters: Early Bronze Age cemeteries of Jordan's southeast Dead Sea Plain in the past and present, in Tarlow, S. & Stutz, L. Nilsson (ed.) The Oxford handbook of the archaeology of death and burial: 677–94. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Klemm, R. & Klemm, D.. 2013. Gold and gold mining in ancient Egypt and Nubia. London: Springer.
May, T.K. 2016. It's time we inverted the pyramids: satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak invites the world into her work. Available at: http://blog.ted.com/sarah-parcak-shares-her-ted-prize-wish/ (accessed 27 January 2017).
Mueller, T. 2016. How tomb raiders are stealing our history. National Geographic 229 (6): 5881.
Parcak, S., Gathings, D., Childs, C., Mumford, G. & Cline, E.. 2016. Satellite evidence of archaeological site looting in Egypt: 2002–2013. Antiquity 90: 188205.
Paul, K.A. 2016. Cultural racketeering in Egypt—predicting patterns in illicit activity: quantitative tools of the 21st-century archaeologist, in Chalikias, K., Beeler, M., Pearce, A. & Renette, S. (ed.) The future of the past: from Amphipolis to Mosul, new approaches to cultural heritage preservation in the eastern Mediterranean: 2130. Available at: https://www.archaeological.org/sites/default/files/files/HCA_FutureofthePast-AIAJuly2016.pdf (accessed 27 January 2017).
Stone, E.C. 2008. Patterns of looting in southern Iraq. Antiquity 82: 125–38.
Stone, E.C. 2015. An update on the looting of archaeological sites in Iraq. The cultural heritage crisis in the Middle East. Near Eastern Archaeology 78: 178–86.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 27
Total number of PDF views: 168 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 681 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 5th June 2017 - 21st September 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.