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MIDDLE EASTERN GEODATABASE FOR ANTIQUITIES (MEGA)

Technology and Archaeological Site Management

MIDDLE EASTERN GEODATABASE FOR ANTIQUITIES (MEGA)
Amman, Jordan
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BACKGROUND

In collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute, WMF, the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, a modern, web-based inventory for archaeological sites, known as Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA) has been developed to record and monitor condition data at heritage sites in Iraq and Jordan. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
Jordan gets a “mega” archaeological database
The Art Newspaper, Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Mega-Jordan
Il Giornale dell'Arte, Wednesday, June 1, 2011
In History-Rich Region, a Very New System Tracks Very Old Things
The New York Times, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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HOW WE HELPED

For several years, WMF, the Getty Conservation Institute and the Jordanian Department of Antiquities have been collaborating on the software development, data entry, technical training and professional coordination necessary to implement a fully functional database. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Agencies like the Department of Antiquities in Jordan and the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) have vast responsibilities for monitoring and safeguarding cultural heritage. The sustainability of fragile archaeological sites depends on the most current information being readily available to the professionals in charge of protecting these sites. (...)

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World Monuments FundMiddle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities
October, 2012

A web-based geographic information system (GIS) known as Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Antiquities (MEGA), has been developed by World Monuments Fund and the Getty Conservation Institute to record and monitor condition data at heritage sites in Jordan.