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Aerial archaeology archive

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Contact us

The Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East:

University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley Perth
Western Australia 6009

Financial support

Researchers are encouraged to use the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME),  established in 1978 under the patronage of Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.

It consists of more than 91,000 photographs and several hundred maps for a dozen countries.

The vast majority of this material can be viewed online in our digital archive. Further information about the project, including our wider archaeological research tool throughout the Middle East, can be viewed at our blog.

  1. Contents of the archive
  2. Obtaining photographs
  3. Fees
  4. Publication fees

Contents of the archive

Obtaining photographs

You can:

Send any queries to

Please provide:
  • A Google Earth pin (.kml or .kmz file) showing the site or areas you are interested in.
  • Co-ordinates of the site with a map or picture.
  • Site names (please include any alternate spellings).
  • A brief description of the project you are working on and the reason you are requesting the imagery.
  • If you see the photo(s) you want on the archive site, you MUST provide us with its catalogue name which is ALWAYS in the form APAAME_20150617_DLK-678.

We will send high resolution, unwatermarked photographs to you in digital format, either online or on DVD depending on their size. Paper prints are also available on request.

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There is no fee for use of the archive for academic or personal purposes. However, there may be a fee for the cost of paper prints, discs, postage and labour if applicable.

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Publication fees


  • reproduction and use of the photographs in academic, non-paying publications does not attract a fee.
  • commercial use of imagery incurs a fee which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Images must be acknowledged correctly.

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