Yemen has been a great source of archaeological and historical interest for a long time. However, some of the country’s heritage is under threat as a result of the looting of various museums and archaeological sites, and the illegal trade of those items. Dr Amr Al Azm, codirector of the ATHAR Project, will speak to us about his work uncovering an illicit online trade in antiquities across the MENA region.
On a less tangible level, the erosion of Yemen’s culture has also been occuring in the form of the slowly depleting linguistic and biocultural diversity. Professor Janet Watson will discuss the endangered Modern South Arabian Languages (Mehri, Soqotri, Hobyot, Shihari, Harsusi and Bathar) and the efforts being made to document and preserve them.
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