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Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez

Jose Carvajal Lopez

Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology
Tel: +974 4000 2808

Dr Jose C. Carvajal Lopez is Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology at UCL Qatar. By training he is a specialist in the archaeology of al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia) and in pottery analysis. He has studied the early Islamic period in the Vega of Granada (south east Spain, 7th-11th centuries CE), mainly through morpho-typological and technological studies of pottery that include petrological and elemental analysis. He has also published about Islamisation and about the development of the archaeology of al-Andalus. And he is currently developing fieldwork projects in Qatar, Palestine and Iraqi Kurdistan. He is the director of two projects with QNRF funding: Materiality and Preservation in Islamic Contexts and The Crowded Desert.

Dr Carvajal Lopez’s work focuses on the archaeology of the early Islamic period, with interest in all kinds of cultural encounters, but particularly in Islamisation. He also enjoys getting involved in questions of relations between Archaeology and History and in theoretical thinking in Archaeology in general. Dr Carvajal Lopez has also developed projects in other areas of the Mediterranean: Butrint (Albania) in the Venetian-Ottoman period, Athens (Greece) in the early medieval period, Mytilene (Lesvos Island, Greece) in the Ottoman period and Palestine in the Byzantine-Islamic transition. He has collaborated with institutions in Spain, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Palestine, USA and Austria. In the years leading to his PhD, Dr Carvajal Lopez was involved in urban archaeology in Granada and in Madina Ilbira (Spain).

Selected Publications


Carvajal López J.C. 2008: La cerámica de Madinat Ilbira (Atarfe) y el poblamiento altomedieval de la Vega de Granada [The Pottery of Madinah Ilbirah (Atarfe) and the Early Medieval Settlement Pattern in the Vega of Granada]. Granada, THARG.

Malpica Cuello A. and J.C. Carvajal López (eds), 2008: Estudios sobre cerámica tardorromana y altomedieval [Studies on Late Roman and Early Medieval Ceramics)]. Granada, THARG.

Chapters in books:

Carvajal López J. C., J.M. Román Punzón, M. Jiménez Puertas, J. Fernández Martínez 2014: When the East came to the West. The seventh century in the Vega of Granada (South East Spain), in A. Gnasso, E.E. Intagliata, T.J. MacMaster and B.N. Morris (eds): The Long Seventh Century. Continuity and Discontinuity in an Age of Transitions. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 135-162.

Carvajal López J. C. and P.M. Day 2014: Cerámica, paisaje y cambio social. Análisis petrográfico de ollas en la Vega de Granada altomedieval [Pottery, landscape and social change. Petrographic analysis of cooking pots in the early medieval Vega of Granada] In M. Jiménez (ed.): El paisaje y el análisis del territorio. Reflexiones sobre el sur de al-Andalus. Granada: THARG, pp. 131-170.

Carvajal López J.C. and A. Palanco Noguerol 2013: The Castle of Ali Pasha at Butrint. In I. Lyse-Hansen, R. Hodges and S. Leppard (eds.): Butrint 4. The Archaeology and Histories of an Ionian Town. Oxford, Oxbow Book, pp. 289-308.

Carvajal López J.C. 2013: Islamización y arqueología. Reflexiones en torno a un concepto controvertido y necesario desde el punto de vista arqueológico [Islamicisation and Archaeology. Reflections on a Controversial but Necessary Concept from an Archaeological Perspective]. In F. Sabaté & J. Brufal (eds.): Arqueologia Medieval V. Recerca Avançada en Arqueologia Medieval. Lleida: Universitat de Lleida, pp. 127-156.

Articles in refereed journals:

Carvajal López J.C. and P.M. Day 2015 The Production and Distribution of Cooking Pots in Two Towns of South East Spain in the 6th-11th centuries. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 2: 282-290

Carvajal López J.C. 2014: The Archaeology of al-Andalus. Past, present and future. Medieval Archaeology 58.1: 318-339.

Carvajal López J.C. and P.M. Day 2013: Cooking Pots and Islamicisation in the Early Medieval Vega of Granada (al-Andalus, 6th -12th centuries). Oxford Journal of Archaeology 32.4: 433-451.

Carvajal López J.C. 2013: Islamicisation or islamicisations? Islamic expansion and social practice in the Vega of Granada (south east Spain). World Archaeology 45 (1): 57-70.

Carvajal López J.C. 2012: Report on the Palestine Exploration Fund-Al Quds University funded Project for the study of the late antique and early medieval pottery of Palestinian sites”. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 144: 2, 134-139.

Carvajal López J.C. and M. Jiménez Puertas 2011: Studies in the Early Medieval Pottery of al-Andalus. Early Medieval Europe 19: 411-435.

More information: http://ucl.academia.edu/JoseCCarvajal