Islamic Archaeology Day 2018

Start: Feb 03, 2018 11:00 AM
End: Feb 03, 2018 06:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Qala of Beni Hammad

The 4th Islamic Archaeology Day, jointly hosted by SOAS and UCL at the Institute of Archaeology, will take place on 3 February.

The workshop presents papers on the latest archaeological research across the Islamic world and is followed by a drinks reception.

Provisional Programme

Session 1 (Chair: Hugh Kennedy)

  • 11:00: Welcome & Introduction - Corisande Fenwick, Hugh Kennedy, Tim Williams
  • 11:15: Sicily in Transition: Assessing Islamic impact on early medieval Sicilians - Martin Carver (University of York) and Alessandra Molinari (Tor Vergata)
  • 11:40: Archaeology of Early Islamic Basra - Andrew Petersen (Trinity St David) and Alistair Northedge (Sorbonne)
  • 12:05: Urban Evolution in the Oasis of Bukhara - Rocco Rante
  • 12:30: Buddhism and Mosques in the Indian Ocean. Islamic Archaeology in the Maldives - Stephane Pradines (Aga Khan)

1:00: Lunch (provided)

Session 2 (Chair: Tim Williams)

  • 2:00: The glass walls of Samarra: 9th-century Abbasid glass production - Nadine Schibille (CNRS –Orléans) and Andrew Meeks (British Museum)
  • 2:25: Persian crucible steel: treaties and crucibles - Rahil Alipour (UCL)
  • 2:50: Reconstruction and analysis of hard-stone vessels manufacturing techniques in Early Islamic and Mughal workshops - Elise Morero (Oxford)
  • 3:15: Exploring agriculture and diet in Islamic and later medieval Aragon (north-east Spain): new archaeobotanical research - Edward Treasure, (Durham)

3:45: Tea break

Session 3 (Chair: Corisande Fenwick)

4:15: Islamic and Christian diet in Medieval Portugal: an isotopic contribution to the study of social inequality - Alice Toso (York)

4:40: Maritimity, Islamisation, and Swahilification on Zanzibar - Tom Fitton (York)

5:05: Historical Archaeology at Fuwairit, a coastal site in Qatar - Rob Carter (UCL-Qatar)

5:30: Rescuing the Architectural Heritage of the Mamluks in Cairo - Omniya Abdel Barr (Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation)

6-7pm: Reception in SCR (Room 609)

7 :15pm: Dinner (for those who have pre-booked) at a local restaurant

The provisional programme is available to download here»


  • Please register via Eventbrite»
  • There is an early-bird registration fee of £12 (£6 for students – limited to 30) for those who register before 12 January 2018; registration after the 12th is £18 (£10 for students). Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration will cover a sandwich lunch, refreshments and a wine reception.

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