Arches Project Bulletin

News, Resources, Events and Community Highlights

August 2020




First Arches Developers Meetup

On Monday, August 10th, over twenty community members directly involved in software development participated in the 1st Virtual Arches Developer Meetup hosted by Farallon Geographics, Inc.  Topics discussed in the meeting included the current state and direction of software development, new communication tools, code contribution process review, and planning future meetings.

If you are a developer and you would like to participate in future meetups, join the Arches Developer Forum to get involved.




Webinar – Arches Version 5 Demo Site

On Thursday, August 6th, the Arches team offered a guided tour of the new Arches Version 5 demo site to over 80 webinar participants from around the world.  We thank the attendees for their participation!  If you missed the webinar, you can now watch the video recording online. 

Find the complete webinar materials, including video, transcript and slides, on the Arches Videos page.


Arches-related Job Opportunities

Research Associate, The School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester (closes on September 1, 2020).

About the role:  The School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, is seeking to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Associate for the research training team of the Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Project, funded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund. The overall project is a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Leicester, searching for and recording significant archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa (from Mauretania to Iran), using satellite imagery and aerial photography, in order to aid understanding for their future protection and management.You will support the training work of the Endangered Archaeology project with trainees from our MENA region partners, in particular the national archaeological services of Libya and Tunisia. The training and ongoing support primarily relates to remote sensing, database and GIS techniques for heritage protection purposes.You will support the Training Manager at Leicester to develop and deliver training materials related to the EAMENA project. The training will be delivered remotely in late 2020.

Researcher (post-doctoral level) in archaeology, The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University (closes on August 31, 2020). 

About the role:  Applications are invited for one full-time, post-doctoral research position in African Heritage, Remote Sensing and GIS, generously supported by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin ( The post-doctoral researcher will be employed on the Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments (MAEASaM) project. This is a three-year project that aims to identify and document endangered archaeological heritage sites across sub-Saharan Africa using a combination of remote sensing, records-based research and selective archaeological surveys. It will make records of these sites available in an Open Access Arches geospatial relational database tailored for different interest groups and stakeholders.



Community Highlights


Arches Community on Social Media

Does your Arches-related project have a presence on social media?  Please email us the links to your social media accounts to

This month, we are featuring two Arches-related projects on social media:  EAMENA (Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa) and CAAL (Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes).  Like and follow their social media pages to learn more about their project activities!


“Supported by the Arcadia Fund and the Cultural Protection Fund and based at the Universities of Oxford, Leicester, and Durham EAMENA was established in January 2015 to respond to the increasing threats to archaeological sites in the Middle East and North Africa. This project uses satellite imagery to rapidly record and make available information about archaeological sites and landscapes which are under threat.”

Facebook @EamenaProject

Twitter @Eamena123



“The range of archaeological heritage across Central Asia (Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) is vast and much of it is undocumented, understudied, and under threat. Made possible by funding from the Arcadia Fund – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, CAAL is developing a digital inventory of these sites utilising the open-access Arches platform.”

Facebook @uclcaal

Twitter @uclcaal


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