Abstract: CAMEL: Broadening the Digital Landscape of the Middle East
CAMEL, the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, has for the past fourteen years been actively involved in the collection, enhancement, and distribution of a historical archive of spatial data for the region. These spatial data encompass over 10,000 aerial photographs, maps, satellite images, and natively digital objects recorded over the past two centuries. During this time CAMEL has provided project consultation and become a well-utilized resource for archiving and disseminating its resources among those who live and work in the Middle East. Case studies will explore sites in Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq as examples of CAMEL's pioneering efforts to visualize, document, and protect archaeological sites and human culture in the region.