Archaeology of Wadi Draa

A quick post about a project I was involved in around this time last year. I was asked by Prof David Mattingley and Dr Martin Sterry of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, to help put together a series of exhibition panels about the archaeology of Wadi Draa in Morocco. The principal goals of the project were to engage local people in their heritage and highlight the grave threats to archaeology from industrial agriculture and the increasing local population.

There isn’t a museum in the nearest town, Zagora, so we produced a bilingual (Arabic and Moroccan-French) pop-up exhibition comprising 12 panels organised around three colour-coded themes. The exhibition was designed to be flexible and easy to set up, and move to different locations and venues. By all accounts, the exhibition was well received in Zagora and Ouarzazate and it is currently touring Wadi Draa. Congrats to the whole team!

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The exhibition project is an outreach element of an ongoing British-Moroccan project to research oasis communities in the Draa Valley, from prehistory to the recent past.

Photos of the exhibition launch at La maison de la culture in Zagora, 4 November 2016. Courtesy of Dr Martin Sterry.

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