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Archeoseismology and Paleoseismology for the protection of cultural heritage and archaeological sites in the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey)

Objective

Large earthquakes are among the most destructive and costly catastrophes. Recently, the Izmit region in western Turkey experienced a large seismic events that induced severe damage and 35 billions Euro of losses. Several regions of the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey) are located along the Dead Sea fault (well known for its large historical seismic events) and are threatened by large seismic events. These regions have a rich cultural heritage and a large number of ancient cities, citadels, fortresses and well-known archaeological sites. In this proposal, we intend to make an inventory of all sites and study their vulnerability to the seismic hazard. Combined historical, archaeological and earthquake hazard studies will define the level of seismic risk. The ancient time and modern social organizations against catastrophes will be compared.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Address
Rue Rene Descartes, 5
67084 Strasbourg
France

Participants (6)

Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Germany
Address
Olshausenstraße 40-60
24118 Kiel
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF ANTIQUITIES AND MUSEUMS
Syria
Address
St. Kasser Al Hier
20 Damascus
ESKISEHIR OSMANGAZI UNIVERSITY
Turkey
Address

26480 Eskisehir
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Imperial College Road, Exhibition Road
SW7 2BU London
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1
France
Address
Rue René Descartes, 5
67084 Strasbourg
UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN
Jordan
Address
Salt Road
11942 Amman / Al-jubaiha