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Dr Robert Carter
Senior Lecturer in Arab Archaeology
Tel: +974 4457 8692
Dr Robert Carter is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Qatar and Chair of the Teaching Committee. He coordinates the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, and lectures specifically on Middle Eastern and Arab World archaeology from the Palaeolithic era to the coming of Islam. He is particularly interested in people’s relationship with the sea, and while working in Kuwait discovered evidence of very early seafaring in the Gulf (Neolithic period, ca. 5000 BC), which allowed him to document the existence of a trading network of hitherto unsuspected complexity and antiquity, which connected the herders and fishers of Arabia with the villagers of Iraq. Dr Carter’s other research focuses include the formative role played by the pearl fishery in the shaping of the Gulf countries we see today, the Mesopotamian Ubaid Period (5th and 6th millennia BC), and medieval settlement and trade in the UAE.
Dr Carter holds a PhD in Bronze Age Eastern Arabia and an MA from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. Since 1993 he has conducted fieldwork, artefact studies and consultancy in many parts of the Gulf, including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, as well as in Iran.
Carter, R.A, Sea of Pearls, London: Arabian Publishing, 2012.
Carter, R.A, Watercraft of the Ancient Near East, Potts D.T. Blackwell Companion to the Ancient Near East. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.
Carter, R.A & Crawford, H.E.W, Maritime interactions in the Arabian Neolithic. Leiden, 2010.
Brill. Carter, R.A & Philip, G, Beyond the Ubaid: Transformation and Integration in the Late Prehistoric Societies of the Middle East, Chicago: Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization Series, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 2010.
Carter, R.A & Killick, R, Al-Khor Island: Investigating Coastal Exploitation in Bronze Age Qatar, Ludlow: Archaeology International, 2010.
Carter, R.A, The Social and Environmental Context of Neolithic Seafaring in the Persian Gulf in The Global Origins and Development of Seafaring, Cambridge, McDonald Institute: 191-202, 2010.
Carter, R.A, Christianity in the Gulf during the first centuries of Islam. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 19/1: 71-108, 2008.
Carter, R.A, Boat Remains and Maritime Trade in the Persian Gulf during the 6th and 5th millennia BC. Antiquity 80/307: 52-63, 2006.
Carter, R.A, The History and Prehistory of Pearling in the Persian Gulf, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 48/2: 139-209, 2005.