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Milestones reached in UCL Qatar's Sudan Research Project
Publication date: 10 January 2016
Earlier building underneath the iron production remains at Meroe
The UCL Qatar Sudan project team have just returned from seven weeks in the field working at the Royal City of Meroe. This season the multinational, interdisciplinary team achieved a number of milestones in the project’s overall research aims. Through a combination of excavation, geological and experimental approaches, as well as aerial photography and 3D modelling, the team confirmed the location and extent of the ancient iron mines of Meroe, much further away from Meroe than previously assumed. Using iron ore collected from these areas in combination with the lessons learnt during the iron smelting festival of February 2015, the smelting team carried out four experimental iron smelts, finally producing both a good amount of iron bloom as well as iron slag that looks very similar in appearance to what can be seen at the Royal City. The team also completed the first comprehensive new map of the Royal City to have been produced for decades.
H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Inargurates 'Recovered Treasures' Exhibition
Publication date: 16 November 2015
On the 5 November 2015 H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani opened the 'Recovered Treasures from the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum Collection' Exhibition to an audience of 150 diplomatic and VIP guests. The exhibition, developed in partnership with UCL Qatar and the Sheikh Faisal Museum, aims to raise awareness of the importance of conservation of cultural heritage in Qatar through showcasing the conservation work undertaken by UCL Qatar's MSc Conservation Studies students on artefacts from Sheikh Faisal’s collection.
Libraries: Global Reach - Local Touch
Publication date: 5 November 2015
UCL Qatar launches Doha Online Historical Atlas (DOHA), the first of its kind in the Middle East
Publication date: 3 November 2015
The Corniche in the 1950's
The Doha Online Historical Atlas (DOHA) has been launched as part of the output of UCL Qatar’s Origins of Doha and Qatar Project, a QRNF-funded interdisciplinary programme that explores the story of the town and its people through a combination of archaeological excavation, historical research, architectural studies, GIS analysis and ethnographic techniques (particularly oral histories).
Launching ‘Research in Translation’: communicating scholarly research to a wider audience
Publication date: 17 September 2015
UCL Qatar is
pleased to announce the launch of the short film ‘Research in Translation’. The film
is one of the outcomes of the project Research
in Translation: Public Engagement through Exhibition Displays, which Dr
Serena Iervolino, Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology and Coordinator of
the MA in Museum and Gallery Practice UCL Qatar, has worked on since September 2014. The
project was collaboratively led alongside Dr Ceri Jones, Research
Associate at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester and
funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
UCL research showcased at the IV Archaeometallurgy in Europe conference
Publication date: 9 June 2015
Scoping the Future of Archaeological Science
Publication date: 7 June 2015
Marcos Martinón-Torres, Thilo Rehren & Robin Torrence have guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science with papers in honour of Richard Klein.
A palace underneath the wheat? Qantir-Piramesse project prepares upcoming excavation season
Publication date: 1 June 2015
UCL Qatar Master's students start internships at renowned local and international museums
Publication date: 25 May 2015
Highlights from the UCL Qatar Graduation Ceremony 2015
Publication date: 10 May 2015
UCL honours 59 students at first Qatar graduation ceremony
Publication date: 5 May 2015
UCL Qatar has celebrated the achievements of its first 59 graduating students in a spectacular ceremony at the Education City campus in Doha. Graduating students shared the occasion in front of an audience of 300 guests that included family, friends, faculty and VIP guests from Qatar and the United Kingdom. The students are the very first to receive a Master’s degree from a British university based in Qatar.
Dispatches from Umm Al-Ma’a: The Crowded Depression
Publication date: 27 April 2015
UCL Qatar partners Hashemite University for Conservation Conference
Publication date: 22 April 2015
Searching for Historic Bidda: Ground Penetrating Radar Survey in Qatar
Publication date: 31 March 2015
Under the gently rolling green parkland of Al Bidda Park in central Doha, there lies a secret. It is likely a settlement existed at Al Bidda at least from the 18th century, making it the oldest town in this part of Qatar. A map of Doha and Al Bidda produced in the 1860s shows two settlements;the town of Doha is surrounded by a city wall with fortified towers and Al Bidda is defended by a rectangular fort. Throughout the 19th century the two settlements of Al Bidda and Doha co-existed as separate towns, but continued to grow in size and importance. Early in the 20th century the two merged into a single city.
Doctoral Prize and Inaugural Lecture awarded to Dr Serena Iervolino
Publication date: 26 March 2015
Dr Serena Iervolino, Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology at UCL Qatar, has been selected as a winner of the University of Leicester’s College of Arts, Humanities and Law Doctoral Prize competition.
Dispatches from Umm Al-Ma’a: Introducing The Crowded Desert Project
Publication date: 18 March 2015
Discover UCL Qatar Open Evening on Wednesday 25 March
Publication date: 18 March 2015
Heritage destruction in Syria: IIC publishes papers by UCL Qatar students
Publication date: 22 February 2015
Sudan team concludes successful Iron Smelting Festival
Publication date: 17 February 2015
Getting to know... Dr Martina Renzi
Publication date: 11 February 2015
In Getting To Know… we speak to a member of staff from the UCL Qatar community about their role and responsibilities, their background, and their experiences within the UCL and Qatar communities. In this edition, we speak to Dr Martina Renzi, Research Fellow at UCL Qatar.
Islamic Pasts workshop explores relationship between Heritage Studies and Islamic Studies disciplines
Publication date: 14 December 2014
On 10-11 December 2014, UCL Qatar hosted a two-day research workshop, Islamic Pasts, organised by Dr Trinidad Rico with the support of Texas A&M University at Qatar. The workshop examined the relationship between two academic disciplines: Islamic Studies within Heritage Studies, with the aim of finding new ways of understanding Islamic heritage as a result.
Library and Information Studies students visit Sharjah
Publication date: 24 November 2014
The students from UCL Qatar’s MA in Library and Information Studies have travelled to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Sharjah International Book Fair Library Conference. The gathering of regional and international librarians included a number of speakers discussing current and future trends and issues in the library and information field.
Pioneering research on museums and collecting practices in the GCC
Publication date: 16 November 2014
Dr Karen Exell, Lecturer in Museum Studies at UCL Qatar, researches and publishes on past and contemporary museum developments in the GCC, and their socio-cultural impact. Over the past year Dr Exell has undertaken several field visits to museums in the region and has interviewed numerous private individuals and collectors in order to better understand the nature of museum developments and collecting practices in the region. This mapping project has resulted in a wealth of data that will form the basis of a book on museums in the GCC to be published in 2015.
Getting to Know... Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou
Publication date: 23 October 2014
In Getting To Know… we speak to a member of staff from the UCL Qatar community about their role and responsibilities, their background, and their experiences within the UCL and Qatar communities. In this edition, we speak to Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou, UCL Qatar’s Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Science.
UCL and QNRF to host Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar workshop
Publication date: 22 October 2014
On 5 November 2014 UCL Qatar alongside Qatar National Research Fund (QNFR) will host a public workshop Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar. The workshop will present the work of UCL Qatar’s QNRF-funded Origins of Doha project, including the results of the joint Qatar Museums-UCL Qatar excavations in central Doha. These archaeological findings will then be used to explore the history and people of Doha, the transformation of the traditional town to a modern city, and the experience of its inhabitants through time.