The Western Sahara Project is an interdisciplinary research project that aims to improve our understanding of past environmental, social and cultural change in northwest Africa. The main focus of the research is on human-environment interaction over the past 10,000 years (the Holocene period), with an emphasis on the transition from humid to arid conditions in the Middle to Late Holocene. The Project is led by the University of East Anglia, and involves specialists in a wide range of subjects from a number of institutions.

Division of Western Sahara between Morocco (western and far northern areas) and the Polisario (eastern areas). The Project operates in the Polisario-controlled areas, east and south of the ‘Berm’, the Moroccan wall indicated by the red line inside the hatched area.

Fieldwork is conducted in the eastern and southern areas of the disputed, non self-governing territory of Western Sahara (formerly Spanish Sahara). These areas are under the control of the Polisario independence movement, the remainder of the territory being controlled by Morocco.

For more information on the Project, its findings, and its wider context, navigate this site using the links above. The Project’s findings are described in Project publications (above). A summary of findings can be found under Project Results (pending).

Anyone can volunteer to take part in the Project. No experience of archaeology or scientific fieldwork is required. Further information on how to get involved in the fieldwork can be found on the volunteer page.

We are currently working on a book that will detail the findings of the Project to date.


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