UCL Qatar News
The Kingdom of Kush and the Royal City of Meroe
Publication date: 7 February 2017
At the opening ceremony of the UCL Qatar Information point
UCL Qatar’s Sudan archaeology team, headed by Dr Jane Humphris, has just completed field work for the 2016 – 2017 academic year following 12 weeks working at the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kush, the Royal City of Meroe. This season was the most ambitious to date and saw many exciting archaeological results and activities, including community meetings and the opening ceremony of the UCL Qatar Iron and Kush information point.
UCL Qatar announces Dr Sam Evans CBE as new Director
Publication date: 21 June 2016
UCL Qatar’s staff and students showcase research at the 41st International Symposium on Archaeometry
Publication date: 14 June 2016
UCL Qatar and UCL Institute of Archaeology staff and research students recently attended the 41st International Symposium on Archaeometry to showcase their research. The symposium was attended by 600 delegates from 15-21 May 2016 and was hosted by the Laboratory of Archaeometry at the University of the Peloponnese in Kalamata, Greece.
Shifting Sands Exhibition Success
Publication date: 18 May 2016
On 6 April 2016 the student led exhibition ‘Shifting Sands; A Journey of Qatar and its People’ was opened by Sheikh Turki Bin Faisal Al Thani, on behalf of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani. Organised by UCL Qatar’s MA Museum and Gallery Practice students in collaboration with the Museum, the exhibition aims to highlight the rapid changes of Qatar’s cultural and physical landscapes, particularly over the last forty-fifty years.
Research-Based Practice in Libraries Summit Attracts Leading International Scholars
Publication date: 11 May 2016
Leading library scholars from the UK, US and Australia visited Education City recently to present at the ‘Research-Based Practice in Libraries Summit’. The event, which was sponsored through the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) aimed to foster a culture of research based practice in libraries in Qatar and the region. The event, organised by UCL Qatar in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), was attended by over 60 library professions from Qatar, as well as several of their colleagues from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
UCL Qatar Celebrates Second Graduation Ceremony
Publication date: 3 May 2016
UCL Qatar has
celebrated the achievements of its 43 graduating students in a spectacular
ceremony at the Education City campus in Doha. The traditional ceremony, comprising
a formal procession of faculty, dignitaries, and students was presided by
Professor Anthony Smith, UCL Vice Provost (Education & Student Affairs), and Professor Thilo Rehren, Director
of UCL Qatar, in front of 250 family members, friends, faculty and VIP guests.The occasion
marks the second graduation ceremony for UCL Qatar, which conferred Master’s Degrees
in Library and Information Studies, Museum Studies, Archaeology and
Conservation, as well as a Diploma in Academic Research and Methods.
Winning Team of the Unlimited Doha Design Prize includes Student and Researcher from UCL Qatar
Publication date: 31 March 2016
UCL Qatar Congratulates Student's Success at ARC’16
Publication date: 24 March 2016
UCL Qatar would like to congratulate all of its students and staff that took part in the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC) 2016. A special congratulations goes to MA Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World student, Jonathan Ouellet, who won third place in the student category ‘Best Poster in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Pillar’. Jonathan’s poster titled, ‘The Imitation Game: Georgian-Sasanian Coins and Their Meaning in Numismatics’, received a high level of interest and many positive comments from the judges.
Photo Call for UCL Qurates Exhibition ‘Shifting Sands – A Journey of Qatar and its People’
Publication date: 8 March 2016
The annual exhibition organised by UCL Qatar’s MA Museum and Gallery Practice students is requesting photos of ‘Old Doha and Qatar’ to become part of the exhibition. This year the exhibition titled ‘Shifting Sands – A Journey of Qatar and its People’, to be displayed in the temporary exhibition space at the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Museum, is looking to actively engage the community by providing a platform to share old photographs.
Dr Jane Humphris Wins Provost's Award for Public Engagement in Sudan Research
Publication date: 18 February 2016
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 Inaugurates '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.