Islamic Archaeology Day 2017

Start: Jan 28, 2017 10:30 AM
End: Jan 28, 2017 06:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Qala of Beni Hammad

The 3rd Islamic Archaeology Day, jointly hosted by SOAS and UCL at the Institute of Archaeology, will take place on 28 January.


10:30: Registration and Coffee

  • 11:00: Welcome & Introduction - Corisande Fenwick, Hugh Kennedy, Scott Redford, Tim Williams
  • 11:15: Dehistan (Turkmenistan), archaeological evidence of a pilgrimage city - Alistair Northedge
  • 11:40: Islamic archaeology in the Moroccan Sahara: settlement dynamics in the Draa Valley - Corisande Fenwick, Maria Gatto, Louise Rayne, Martin Sterry, David Mattingly and Youssef Bokbot
  • 12:05: Islamic archaeology in East Africa, challenges and obstacles - Stephane Pradines
  • 12:30: Citadels, Bazars and Shrines - An Overview of the Current State of Islamic Archaeology in Afghanistan - Arezou Azad and Andy Miller

1:00: Lunch (provided)

  • 2:00: From Fustat to Merv: Revisiting the Beginnings and Technical Development of Islamic Glazed Wares - Moujan Matin, Oliver Watson, Michael Tite
  • 2:25: Studying medieval Iranian world metalware: the ISLAMETAL project - Annabelle Collinet
  • 2:50: Royal workshops: recent investigations into production at Madinat al-Zahra and the Alhambra - Chloë N. Duckworth, Kate Welham, Derek Pitman, Alberto García Porras and David J. Govantes Edward
  • 3:15: The yellow opaque glazes from Madinat al-Zahra (second half of the 10th century): a rare local production or an import? - Elena Salinas, Trinitat Pradell and Michael Tite

3:45: Tea break

  • 4:15: Suburban life in early Islamic Jarash (Jordan): New evidence for urban development over the longue durée - Louise Blanke
  • 4:40: The Islamic-Christian frontier in medieval central Iberia: new research at Molina de Aragón and Atienza - Guillermo García-Contreras Ruiz, Rowena Banerjea, Alex Brown and Aleks Pluskowski
  • 5:05: The role of archaeology in the representation of Islamic Middle East: A European museum prospective - Benedict Leigh
  • 5:30: Archaeology of the Pearl-Fishing Towns of the Arabian Gulf: Case Studies in Globalization during the Late Islamic Period - Rob Carter

6pm        Reception in SCR

7pm        Dinner (at own expense) at local restaurant


  • Please register via Eventbrite»
    The registration fee of £10 (£5 for students) will cover lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. The organisers would be very grateful if those wishing to attend could register as soon as possible and before Friday 20 January for catering purposes.

Organisers: Corisande Fenwick (UCL), Hugh Kennedy (SOAS), Scott Redford (SOAS), Tim Williams (UCL)