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Dr Jane Humphris gives us an update from the UCL Qatar campaign at the Royal City of Meroe in Sudan in autumn 2017, as she just starts the new spring campaign.

We have had a very busy and successful season of work at the Royal City of Meroe, focusing the archaeological research at two key areas.  Although we have excavated at both of these locations over a number of seasons before, it seems our perseverance is paying off. At the temple dedicated to the lion-headed Meroitic god Apedemak, we have revealed an early furnace workshop including furnace structure and at least four bellows pots in an area demonstrating a long history of use. We have also revealed the entire temple and pylon structure for the first time in 100 years, including an entrance consisting of two phases of construction and a number of ramps, walls and terraced areas. At the beginning of the entrance ramp we have discovered a large sandstone structure we are currently interpreting as a possible altar, which has never been documented before. The excavations have greatly advanced our understandings of the temple, and how the construction of this building was related to the iron production remains on which it was constructed around 2,000 years ago. 

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"The Transformation of the Moroccan Landscape in the Early Islamic period" by Dr Gaetano Palumbo, Head of UCL Qatar’s research in Morocco

Our Head of Qatar’s Research in Morocco, Dr Gaetano Palumbo came back recently from the archaeological survey conducted in October on the Atlantic Coast of Northern Morocco, between the cities of Tangier and Asilah for UCL Qatar’s project The Transformation of the Moroccan Landscape in the Early Islamic period and gives us some insights on the scope of the project and some preliminary findings. The scope of the project, a cooperation between the Moroccan “Institut National pour les Sciences de l’Archeologie et du Patrimoine” (INSAP) and UCL Qatar is to trace the modifications to the cultural and economic landscape of the Tingitan peninsula before and after the arrival of the Arabs in the region. The project is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund under the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

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An Interview with Omer Can Aksoy, PhD Graduate at UCL Qatar, and Gizem Kahraman, Researcher on the Origins of Doha Project, Winners of the Unlimited Doha Design Prize

One year after they were awarded the British Council Unlimited Doha Design Prize, Omer Can Aksoy and Gizem Kahraman (along with their colleagues Deena Terawi, Ming Teong, and Alex Scott-Whitby) are building “The Maze” at Katara Cultural Village, to showcase the research project that won them the prize. The event is in the frame of the Ajal Film Festival, as part of the British Council’s British Festival, which runs from 26 November to the 8th December; full programme at https://www.britishcouncil.qa/en/events/british-festival-2017

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MA MGP student exhibition has been extended until 5 October 2017.

UCLQurates is a yearly student-led initiative which involves the collaboration of UCL Qatar’s MA Museum and Gallery Practice students with a cultural organisation in Qatar. This year, the UCL Qatar students have partnered with Msheireb Properties in curating and organising an exhibition taking place at Mohammed Bin Jassim House at Msheireb Museums. Entitled “Back to Msheireb: Shared Streets – Shared Stories”, it interprets the vibrancy of Qatar’s old Msheireb district as a centre of commerce and diversity.  

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The Kingdom of Kush and the Royal City of Meroe

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.

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Shifting Sands Exhibition Success

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.

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Research-Based Practice in Libraries Summit Attracts Leading International Scholars

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. 

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UCL Qatar Celebrates Second Graduation Ceremony

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.

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UCL Qatar Congratulates Student's Success at ARC’16

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.

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Photo Call for UCL Qurates Exhibition ‘Shifting Sands – A Journey of Qatar and its People’

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.

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H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Inaugurates 'Recovered Treasures' Exhibition

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.

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Libraries: Global Reach - Local Touch

UCL Qatar welcomed Barbara J. Ford, Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library in the USA and past president of the American Library Association, to host a seminar in Doha, titled ‘Libraries: Global Reach – Local Touch’.

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