In the course of the 20th century, Belgian institutions undertook a number of major archaeological expeditions to the Near East and Iran, producing and collecting invaluable material for the study of these regions and of their archaeology. The BArEO project proposes to undertake a valorisation and a scientific exploitation of these collections, now largely conserved in Belgian federal collections. Consisting mainly of excavation archives, field notes, plans, photographs, archaeological and bioarchaeological material, these documents constitute the raw data available for these missions. The partners engaged in this project, the Royal Museums of Art and History, the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences and the University of Ghent, bring together their multi-disciplinary expertise to ensure the best possible preservation, organisation and optimisation of the accessibility of this archive in order to exploit its full scientific potential. This approach is within the framework of an international effort to preserve and valorise archives relating to archaeological excavations, to make them more readily available to the scientific community and to the general public.The BArEO project is funded by the BRAIN-be programme of the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO).
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