Photographic resources

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.


Standing stone near Azaig Bedgrag, feature AZ1-1. Southern Sector.

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!).


About Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks is Director of Garama 3C Ltd, a small consulting firm specialising in climate change and development. Garama offers consultancy and training services to government, multilateral organisations, NGOs and the private sector, with a focus on mainstreaming climate change adaptation into decision-making and planning. with a background in climate science (see and for more details). After graduating with a degree in Geophysics from Edinburgh University in 1993, and a brief postgraduate role at the UK Met Office, Nick completed a PhD on drought in the Sahel at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit in 1999. He subsequently undertook postdoctoral work at the University of Reading, using remote sensing and field surveys to identify archaeological sites and indicators of past environmental change in the Libyan Sahara. Nick then moved back to UEA, where he worked as a researcher on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. In 2005 Nick became an independent consultant, working on climate change adaptation and related issues with a variety of clients including UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, IUCN, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 2012 Nick established Garama 3C Ltd, continuing his work with DFID and AfDB, working with new clients, and developing Garama's climate change training courses. Nick continues to be active in research, working with colleagues at UEA and elsewhere on human responses to past climate change. This work focuses on adaptation during the Middle Holocene Climatic Transition, from around 6400-5000 years ago. Nick established the Western Sahara Project, and is a co-director of the project with Joanne Clarke at UEA. The Western Sahara Project examines the transition to aridity in the disputed, non-self governing territory of Western Sahara, through an archaeological and palaeoenvironmental lens.
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