NGU is the national institution for knowledge on bedrock, mineral resources, surficial deposits and groundwater in Norway. NGU is a government agency, and shall actively contribute to ensuring that geoscientific knowledge is utilised for the effective and sustainable management of the nation's natural resources and environment. It has also wide experience in large-scale development projects, e.g. from Ethiopia and Mozambique. NGU has 200 employees, of which approximately 60% are scientific personnel. The strategic plan for 2001-2005 states that among NGU's main objectives are better knowledge of nature and the environment, and better planning and land management. NGU has for a long time been involved in projects related to production and use of stone in modern and ancient times. At present, NGU is also building knowledge on landscape geology and the inter-relations between natural and cultural landscapes.
Main roles in QuarryScapes : Coordinator and leader of WPs 5 (risk and monitoring), 8 (integrated analysis), 9 (dissemination) and 10 (project management)
Key NGU staff in QuarryScapes:
Tom Heldal ( email@example.com) is senior scientist and group leader of the Natural Stone programme at NGU. Geologist by education, he has worked since 1990 with technical and geological issues related to production, use and quality of stone. Over the last 6 years, he has been involved in research on ancient and historical stone quarries, especially related to production techniques, geological appraisal to such sites and surveying techniques. Heldal has also worked on documentation of ancient quarries for protection purposes, and has been involved with extensive surveys of quarry landscapes in Norway and Egypt, including large scale GPS surveys and design of GIS databases. He is the coordinator of QuarryScapes, and will be leading workpackage 9 and 10.
Dr. Per Storemyr ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a geologist and conservation scientist with a PhD in architectural history and weathering of stone buildings. He has worked for 15 years with geoarchaeology, deterioration, risk assessment, monitoring, conservation and management related to historic buildings, ancient stone quarry landscapes and archaeological sites. His work experience spans Scandinavia, Switzerland, Italy and Egypt. Also working for the Expert-Center for Conservation of Monuments and Sites (Zurich) (www.expert-center.ch), he is counsellor of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Srones used in Antiquity (ASMOSIA). Storemyr is one of the initiators of the QuarryScapes project. Storemyr is the leader of workpackage 5 and 8 in QuarryScapes.
Cyprien Habimana ( email@example.com ) is a senior advisor in the department of administration where he works in the organisational management of international programmes among others. He is a trained economist (management). His involvement in QuarryScapes will be to assist the Coordinator in ensuring that all the contractual obligations are met; that the Work Packages are carried out professionally according to project plans and budgets; to keep control of progress reporting, economic reporting and deliverables for each Work Package as required by the Commission; to follow-up the day-to-day communication in the Consortium and with the Commission; to follow-up of the meetings of - and of decisions taken by the PEB meetings and any other administrative task; and to keep tract of contractual issues, financial issues, and legal issues.
Rolf Lynum ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is educated as a mechanical engineer and employed at the Mineral Resources Group at NGU since 1982. He has mainly worked with databases, GIS, geochemical analyses, and field mapping and data collection. He is responsible for the maintenance of The QuarryScapes web-site.
As a partner in QuarryScapes, KUL will work through its Archaeology Section and the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project , as well as the interdisciplinary Centre for Geo- and Bio-Archaeology and Archaeological Image Processing . Since 1990, the Sagalassos Project has undertaken a large-scale, interdisciplinary excavation involving the unearthing of the monumental city centre of the ancient town and four major restoration projects. Also, intensive urban and geophysical survey is undertaken, together with excavations in the domestic and industrial areas of the town and an intensive survey of its vast territory. A focal point of the project is the investigation of how the ancients exploited their environment for natural resources, among others stone.
The Centre of Geo- and Bio-Archaeology acts as a focal point for advanced interdisciplinary research. It aims at a further development and application of new techniques for bio- and geo-archaeological research. The research groups from the natural and applied sciences of KUL, involved in the interdisciplinary research at Sagalassos and in other archaeological projects, are groups with a well-established expertise in the fields of archaeometry, geomorphology and GIS for site-analysis, geomorphology and palynology for environmental and climatic reconstructions, macrobotanical studies and residue analysis.
Main role in QuarryScapes : Leader of WP3 (Sagalassos quarry landscape)
Key KUL staff in QuarryScapes :
Dr. Patrick Degryse ( email@example.com ) is a post-doctoral researcher of the Centre for Geo- and Bio-Archaeology and Archaeological Image Processing and an assistant-professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research focuses on the archaeometry of ancient industrial minerals, natural building stones, ores and artifacts. He determines the spatial distribution of resources in an area using geological mapping and geochemical prospecting and compares them to ancient objects and materials found in the archaeological context. Degryse is the leader of workpackage 3 in QuarryScapes.
Prof. Marc Waelkens (Marc.Waelkens@arts.kuleuven.ac.be) has been involved in surveys and excavations in Greece, Syria, and Turkey since 1969. He specializes in Anatolian archaeology of the Graeco-Roman period and in ancient quarrying and stone technology. Waelkens is L. Baert-Hofman Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at KUL and acting director of Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. He is a member of various academies (Belgium, Austria), and foreign schools (British School at Athens, German Archaeological Institute). He has been awarded a range of lectureships and international prizes for outstanding research.
The Institute of Archaeology (IOA) at UCL was formally opened in 1937 as a centre for teaching and research in archaeology. Today, it is one of the hubs of archaeological activity in the world, offering a broad variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes and undertaking wide ranging research. It is the largest university-based archaeological institution in Britain, with nearly 500 students, over 70 academic teaching staff and was ranked second in the 2002 Guardian Newspaper's league table of the 34 Institutions teaching archaeology in the UK. The Institute was awarded the high score of 23 out of 24 in the most recent assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. IOA is a research-led institution recognised also for the excellence of its teaching. One of its missions is to promote best practice in the management of cultural heritage and in the care and preservation of archaeological artefacts.
Main role in QuarryScapes : Leader of WP4 (Aswan quarry landscape)
Key UCL staff in QuarryScapes :
Dr. Elizabeth Bloxam (firstname.lastname@example.org), BA, MA, PhD., currently holds a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Her doctoral thesis titled: The Organisation, Transportation and Logistics of Hard Stone Quarrying in the Egyptian Old Kingdom: A Comparative Study established a practical and theoretical methodology in how to conceptualise empirical quarry data to understand the social context of raw material acquisition in the 3 rd millennium BC. Her post-doctoral research is to further develop the application of cross-cultural and cross-level conceptual models to empirical quarry data in 2 nd millennium BC quarry and mining sites in Egypt. Bloxam is one of the initiators of the QuarryScapes project, and is the leader of workpackage 4.
METU has 20.000 students, with approximately 25% of these enrolled in graduate programs. The Materials Conservation Laboratory (MCL) of the Department of Architecture was established in 1967 as an educational and research laboratory in the newly established “Department of Restoration”, a graduate program for the preservation of architectural heritage. The laboratory has served as a teaching and research unit in charge of materials studies for the conservation of cultural heritage. It is the most important centre in Turkey for scientific conservation studies and improvement of conservation practice. Department of Geological Engineering encompasses the professional engineering applications of geology to mineral resources research and exploration, surface and underground engineering, construction problems, groundwater and geothermal energy.
Main role in QuarryScapes : Leader of WP2 (Turkey inventory)
Key METU staff in QuarryScapes :
Prof. Dr. Emine N. Caner-Saltik (email@example.com) : head of the “Materials Conservation Laboratory” at the Department of Architecture-Graduate Program in Restoration. She is a Conservation Scientist with Ph D at the Department of Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science, University of London. She gives graduate courses on the deterioration and conservation of historic building materials at the “graduate program in restoration “ and the “graduate program in archaoemetry. Her research work includes diagnostic studies of marble, limestone, dolomite, tuff, basalt etc. deterioration mechanisms of carbonate stones by air pollution, durability assessment of stone, brick, mortar, studies on the technological properties of historic mortars for the development of repair mortars. archaeometric studies on glazed building tiles, bricks and mortars. She is the author of around fifty papers published in journals and the proceedings of international symposiums on the deterioration and conservation of stone, and chapters in books. Caner-Saltik is the leader of workpackage 2 in QuarryScapes.
Dr. Tamer Topal: Ph.D.at the Department of Geological Engineering (METU), in 1995. Associate professor since 2000 at the same department. His research area is in engineering geology, with a particular focus on stone deterioration and durability assessment of stones. Has presented papers at many international meetings on stone deterioration, and has participated in 21 professional and research projects. Has 27 publications predominantly on stone deterioration.
In addition, Prof. Dr. Sahinde Demirci ( analytical chemist, researcher in archaeometry and conservation science), Prof. Dr. Asuman Turkmenoglu (Geological engineer, weathering of rocks), Dr. Assoc. Prof. Vedat Toprak , (remote sensing and geographic information systems) and Assoc Prof. Dr. Enver Bulur (Dept. of Archaeometry, Dept of Physics, field of interest is on ESR, TL and OSL age determination of stone artifacts) will participate in the project. Six research assistants will be employed for one year each.
Prof. Nizar Abu-Jaber (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Dr., professor, Research interests include application of geological techniques in the interpretation of archeological materials. He has published a number of papers and given lectures at international conferences in subjects involving the use of petrographic, geochemical and isotopic techniques in the study of provenance and technology of ancient pottery, marble and building stone. He has participated in the EUROMED project CORPUS, which involved the study of Mediterranean architectural heritage, focusing on the identification of traditional building materials in Jordan.
Main role in QuarryScapes : Leader of WP1 (Jordan inventory and provenance)
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) has a number of well-recognised research and academic programs in geology and environmental sciences. Research and education is supported by state-of-the art laboratories, including SEM, AA, flame photometer and a well-equipped thin section workshop. Research conducted includes the use of geological minerals for soil enhancement and wastewater treatment, tectonics, geology and geochemistry of the Dead Sea, water resources in the Jordanian desert and links between geology and archaeology.
The Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology (FAA) at YU was established in 1984 as a research and teaching centre in the fields of archaeology, epigraphy and anthropology. It has expanded to cover fields such as cultural resource management, tourism, conservation of archaeological sites and materials, archaeometry and museum studies. The Faculty focus on the analysis, preservation and promotion of Jordan's cultural heritage and comprises four academic departments: Archaeology, Anthropology, Epigraphy and Conservation and Management of Cultural Resources. It contributes significantly to the development of the local community by promotion of public awareness on the importance of cultural heritage. It also offers training courses and workshops on conservation, is an active partner in international archaeological excavations and maintains relationships with the World Bank, the Euro-Med program, the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Research Foundation and the German Agency of Technical Cooperation. The cooperation with the latter included a project for stone preservation at Petra.
Prof. Ziad Mohmmad Kayed al-Saad , prof., Dean of FAA, with a PhD in conservation and archaeometry from University of London 1992. Research interests include conservation and scientific analysis of archaeological materials, particularly conservation and stabilisation of archaeological finds. Actively involved in the preservation and conservation of the stone-carved monuments of Petra. Research interests also include application of scientific techniques in the study of archaeological materials for provenance studies and ancient manufacturing techniques. Has recently got training in the fields of GIS, GPS and Data Base Management for application in archaeology.
NSCE has been registered as a private consultancy firm in Egypt since 1988. The company specialises in all aspects of the successful formulation, implementation and operation of development and cooperative projects. The company has fulltime professionals and a pool of associated consultants representing over 20 years of experience in the Middle East and elsewhere. The firm's portfolio contains short-term studies, special missions, large-scale surveys and long-term technical assistance in project execution and management. NSCE has specific skills tailored to fit the needs of projects in rural and deprived regions. NSCE is committed to improving the quality of life and economic welfare of people and communities throughout the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa. The creative efforts focus on providing a range of professional services to help governmental and international agencies succeed in achieving their public policy and developmental objectives. NSCE's areas of expertise span four domains, social development, cultural development and heritage preservation, environmental management and economic empowerment.
Main role in QuarryScapes : Leader of WP6 (Egypt conservation concept)
Key NSCE staff in QuarryScapes :
Hagar Rahka ( email@example.com ), MA, has been working in the development field for five years in different related topics. She has joined NSCE with special interest in the environment and culture division and has involved herself in cultural heritage and environmental tasks ever since. She is responsible for and has participated in developing a proposal for protecting Gebel Qatrani ancient road. She is responsible for project management for several long-term as well as short studies and has good experience in steps and procedures required for mobilization, implementation and closure of the projects. She is fluent in English and native Arabic speaking. She is leader of the work package 6 in QuarryScapes.
Nina Prochazka (firstname.lastname@example.org), MA, has been working for more than three years as program manager of the Environment and Cultural Portfolio of NSCE. She is very familiar with Egyptian governmental and private sector entities that pertain to nature and culture conservation, tourism development and integrated local development. She has also contributed to community and government stakeholders' campaigns to raise awareness of conservation and management measures for sensitive sites. She has prepared the "Integrated Protected Area Management Project of Lake Qarun" and was responsible for the implementation of the "Fayoum Ecotourism Project", one of Egypt's first pilot projects in community based ecotourism development. She is fluent in German, English, Italian, and French and has good Arabic skills.
Jon Bjørnsson is a Norwegian Architect with nearly thirty years of working experience, of which 12 years in Egypt. He has strong experience in restoration with traditional materials such as mud and stone, as well as in managing sites in remote regions. He has been an active member of the design team of prestigious projects such as Alexandria Library as well as team leader and principal architect for rural social infrastructure in the Middle East. Fluent in English and very good working ability in Arabic, French and German.
Egyptian Antiquities Information System (EAIS) is the official Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the national authority for cultural heritage protection in Egypt. EAIS is currently in its second phase as a program within SCA, supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its overall objective is to create and maintain a functional and efficient bilingual (Arabic and English) organisational system to locate and describe Egypt's cultural heritage sites. EAIS is an instrument for improved site protection and management and is crucial for safeguarding the physical integrity and legal status of the enormous amount of monuments and sites in Egypt. The database and maps together contain information on the exact location, legal status, archaeological contents, and current threats for each site that has been processed by system. This information is then provided to the appropriate authorities to help them defend sites against destructive land use and occupation. Within the SCA, EAIS is intended to support and gradually upgrade the inventory and mapping operations of Amlaak, the department of the SCA responsible for surveying and maintaining legal records on cultural heritage sites. In addition to its use for the SCA and archaeological researchers, EAIS serves a multitude of other national and international organisations and actors.
Main role in QuarryScapes : Leader of WP7 (Quarry landscape GIS for sustainable management)
Key SCA/EAIS staff in QuarryScapes :
Dr. Naguib Amin (Nlouli@compuserve.com), PhD, has more than 22 years of experience as a chartered Architect, Urban & GIS Planner and Trainer. He is currently working as team leader for the Egyptian Antiquity Information System. His key qualifications are land use studies and urban projects related to rehabilitation, housing, water and wastewater, heritage conservation and reconstruction plans, especially in the Middle East. He teaches urban planning in Paris and Brussels and was the Lead Planner for the "Canal Cities Water and Wastewater Master Plans" and "New Luxor City Development Plan" in Egypt. He has also been consultant for the European Commission, and has carried out technical training and institutional capacity building for municipalities, national authorities and international consortiums. Amin is the leader of workpackage 7 in QuarryScapes.
Azza Shawarby ( email@example.com ) is a trained Economist who has over 25 years of working experience with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquity. She has been working for several departments, among them the Supreme Council Information Center (MIS), of which she was the Director for two years. Since 2000, Ms Shawarby is the National Project Director of EAIS. She has an intimate knowledge of the Egyptian Government Organizations that deal with archaeological site management, land use planning and mapping.
Adel Kelany (firstname.lastname@example.org) , is an archaeologist from the University of Sohag (Egypt). Since 1998 he has worked as inspector of antiquities with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). His work experience spans archaeological sites throughout Egypt, several at which he has been field director, and he has been scientific member of many international missions (e.g. headed by Penn State, Yale, the Combined Prehistoric Expedition, the Swiss Institute of Architectural and Archaeological Research, Chicago University). Since 1991 he has been field director of the SCA excavations at the Unfinished Obelisk quarry in Aswan, as well as member of the British-Norwegian-Egyptian missions at Chephren's Quarry and the West Bank ancient quarry landscape by Aswan.
Doaa Fawzy ( email@example.com ) B.A in English Literature, 19 years of Administration experience working for American, European and Finnish firms contracting in Egypt. She is the Administrative Officer for EAIS since 2004. Received Management Diploma from the AUC in addition some other courses were received by international experts. As well, special courses at the British Council Including Negotiating, Interview Techniques, Meetings, Presentations, Strength Witness Opportunity Threats (SWOT), Writing Communication, Minute Writing and Report Writing.
Rawda M. Yousri ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is the professional architect and trained GIS application engineer with 5 years of experience in the field of GIS. Since 2001, she has been working as a GIS engineer for EAIS where she is in charge of and supervises the CRM projects; that develops practical models for the use of GIS in the fields of heritage preservation and management. She has received two courses for "Project Management" by international experts. She periodically participates in seminars and workshops that raise heritage preservation issues as well as up-to-date GIS related topics.
Emily Cocke ( email@example.com ), holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology and an M.A in Egyptian Archaeology from University College, London. She has participated in archaeological projects in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt and is currently the Archaeological Coordinator at EAIS, overseeing the archaeological portion of the GIS developed at EAIS.
Marwa M.Sadeq ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) : 6 years experience in database applications analysis, design and developing, had a degree in GIS (diploma) and prior experience for 1 year, a degree in planning (bachelorship) and supervising the database unit in EAIS since 1 year.
Hadi Al-sherif ( email@example.com ), holds a BSc. in Computer and Information Systems and (MCSE) Microsoft Certified System engineer. He is Qualified in Network Administrator more than three years Experience and worked in several Company in which his education and skills can be utilized and developed in the field of IT applications, security and management, troubleshooting network problems as well as installing and configuring hardware and software.
Tamer A. Cassis ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Bsc. in Information Systems, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Windows server 2003, and Network Security certified from the American University in Cairo and currently doing his Masters in the Management of Information Systems. He is experienced in maintaining and managing a network environment, defining the security parameters, troubleshooting network problems as well as installing and configuring hardware devices and software applications.
The University Iuav of Venice was founded as the Venice University Institute of Architecture and dates back to the foundation of the special course in architecture in 1923 at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice. In 1926 the Institute was established as “the Venice Higher Learning Institute of Architecture”, the second architecture school in Italy after that of Rome. Nearly 8,000 students are enrolled at the Iuav and last year 1,486 students graduated from the university. The university offers a wide range of services and research facilities, including L.A.M.A (Laboratory for the Analysis of Ancient Materials). The laboratory is specialized in characterization and provenance of lithic material (including stone) from Antiquity.
Main role in QuarryScapes: Leading expert on the characterization of stone sources from the Antiquity, and will participate specifically in WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP8.
Key IUAV staff in QuarryScapes:
Prof. Lorenzo Lazzarini ( email@example.com ) is full Professor of Applied Petrography at the “Dipartimento di Storia dell'Architettura” (Dept. of Architectural History), Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (I.U.A.V.) , Supply Professor of Archaeometry and Geoarchaeology at the Università di Cà Foscari, Venice and Director of the L.A.M.A. His main research topics include development and application of new analytical methodologies and research for the identification of the provenance of the crystalline white marbles used in antiquity and systematic laboratory-characterisation of the most important lithotypes used in Roman antiquity, namely from Greece and Asia minor. Lazzarini has been Scientific consultant for UNESCO (Paris) and ICCROM (Rome) in several stone and mural painting restoration projects in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Israel, Turkey and Greece. Same for The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Musée Du Louvre, Paris, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Furthermore, he has been Scientific consultant in many stone restoration project for the MBCA, the Italian Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Properties, and organizer and convenor of several scientific congresses. He has participated on a number of Italian Archaeological expeditions in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Lazzarini is the author of two books on the restoration of stone and more than 250 scientific publications in international and national journals, proceedings of national and international congresses, contributions in books and catalogues, etc. He is the Editor of two books on Marbles and stones used in antiquity and of the international Journal “Marmora”.