In the Near East area, some civilizations of a remarkable cultural level dating back to the end of the second millennium is asserted, and has left behind an artistic and epigraphic wealth, important in both quality and interest, which has been brought to light, after a long period of neglect, due mainly to archaeological expeditions over the past 20 years.
However, this artistic wealth today is still difficultly accessible and highly unavailable for these same experts, and studies are still conducted using dated and professional instruments. This means that the application of informatic technology and a common understanding and harmonisation of best practices for the digitalization of cultural heritage can resolve not only problems of fruition and diffusion, but can also contribute to the protection and conservation of the discovery through cataloguing systems which record its existence and location.
The MENCAWAR project would like to mingle the experience of University of Pisa with the British Museum, as well as the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, of Yarmouk University (Jordan) and the Saint Joseph University (Lebanon) in order to create a European-Mediterranean network for the digitalisation of ancient artworks and inscriptions.
The main objective of MENCAWAR is to create an accessible network to all researchers and people interested in the subject where it is possible to follow training courses, participate to workshops and have a tool that can be used to view artworks and inscriptions gathered and collected, but not yet catalogued, at the British Museum, in other museums in Mediterranean countries or elsewhere.
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