The Western Sahara Project photo collections on Flickr are currently being updated and reorganised. Photos are being organised so that images relating to specific themes, and specific archaeological features and sites, can be found more easily.
You can now search categories such as “Archaeology“, “Contexts” and “Cultural Heritage“, and view photos organised by geographic region. Under each of these headings there are folders (or “collections”) that contain a number of photo sets relating to specific topics or survey sites.
Under “Archaeology” there are folders containing containing photo sets for named archaeological features/sites in the Northern and Southern Sectors of the Free Zone. Eventually we will upload photo sets for every site or feature for which photos are available (most of them). This will take a little while, as we have nearly 600 features/sites in the database resulting from the “extensive” or reconnaissance survey work, and some 400 from the intensive survey work near Tifariti. However, once they are all there, anyone will be able to access high-resolution photos of any sites or features mentioned in our publications by searching for the relevant site/feature code.
The “Archaeology” collection will also contain folders and photo sets organised by theme, so you can look at a collection containing all the images of chipped/worked stone, or all the examples of a particular type of stone monument (e.g. “crescent”, “goulet”, etc).
The “Contexts” collection currently houses sets of photos relating to the political context (maps, refugee camps, the legacy of the conflict), contemporary social and cultural contexts (life in the desert, cultural events/festivals), and environmental contexts (landscapes, climate). The “Cultural Heritage” collection focuses on threats to the archaeological heritage (e.g. vandalism), and the preservation of heritage.
If there is anything in which you are particularly interested, let us know and we can try and prioritise the uploading of the relevant photo sets if they are not already there (assuming we have what you are looking for!).