Drop into the British Academy on June 22-23 for our first Summer Showcase
Wander through our beautiful building to view 15 exhibits consisting of text panels, interactive elements and audio-visual displays created by the academics we fund. Meet our researchers, find out more about their projects and take part in hands-on activities.
Jennie Bradbury and Phillip Proudfoot’s exhibit explores agriculture in Syria
Agriculture, Pastoralism and Settlement in Contemporary Syria: The Deep Past to the Modern Conflict in the Fertile Crescent
Until the mid-2000s, the livelihoods of around 50% of Syria’s population depended on farming. Yet by 2011, drought and failed agricultural policies resulted in just 10% being able to make a living from the land. With many seeing rural underemployment as a trigger for the 2011 Syrian uprising, it is clear that agriculture is essential to sustainable livelihoods in the Middle East. However, agriculture also represents one of the most significant threats to the archaeology and natural heritage of the Middle East.
Jennie Bradbury is Senior Research Associate and Assistant Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Project at the University of Oxford
Philip Proudfoot is Research Fellow in Global Challenges at Northumbria University; Assistant Director of CBRL British Institute
Research Award: CBRL Research Fellow
Showcase opening times: Friday 22-Saturday 23 June,11am - 5pm
Late-night view: Friday 22nd June, 6.30-9pm
See an interactive comparison of the effects of agriculture on archaeology.
You'll find this exhibit at Point 11 in the Council Room on the First Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.