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Was the 2011 Syrian uprising an agrarian revolt?

Dr Jennie Bradbury, University of Oxford and Dr Philip Proudfoot, Northumbria University

Was the 2011 Syrian uprising an agrarian revolt?

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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  

How agriculture has affected archaeology and natural heritage in Syria

See an interactive comparison of the effects of agriculture on archaeology.

Floor Plan:

You'll find this exhibit at Point 11 in the Council Room on the First Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.

Exhibit 11