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Our first massive open online course (MOOC) teaches users how they can use satellite imagery to identify and assess endangered archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa. As well as our English version, there are also Arabic, Farsi and French translations of the course.

Virtual Launch Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Endangered Archaeology: Using Remote Sensing to Protect Cultural Heritage – April 25th 2022 

The Durham Centre for Cultural Heritage Protection (DCCHP) builds on the expertise available in the Department of Archaeology in global cultural heritage protection issues. The Centre seeks to give a clear focus for a wide range of active engagements in training and knowledge exchange around the field of heritage protection. The Centre’s activities make full use of the range of skills available in Durham to work with a variety of partners, in the UK and internationally.   

Heritage is essential to our sense of identity and place in the world, but is more than ever under threat from conflict, tourism, natural disasters, and climate change, placing archaeology at the heart of contemporary political and social debates. Inspired by Durham’s own UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a broad and deep trajectory of heritage protection and training globally, we work to sustain and protect cultural heritage for future generations. We do this through documentation, research, training, and consultancy, and by seeking to understand how people across the globe engage with and respond to their own heritage and that of others.   

The MOOC is available in English, Arabic, French and Farsi. Follow the links below to register & learn how to use satellite remote sensing to protect cultural heritage with our FREE online course!

The English version can be found here:

The Arabic version can be found here:

The Persian version can be found here:

The French version can be found here:

Preparation of the MOOC has been supported by Arcadia, the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council and the Durham University Research Impact Fund