Institute of Archaeology


Islamic Archaeology Day 2023

11 March 2023, 11:00 am–6:00 pm

A collection of eight historic objects (Islamic period, pottery, glass, metal) on a blue background

The 7th annual Islamic Archaeology Day, co-organised by SOAS and UCL, will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on Saturday 11 March.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Corisande Fenwick


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

The purpose of the Islamic Archaeology Day is to provide an opportunity for researchers in this area to come together and encourage collaboration across regional and period boundaries. The workshop provides a snapshot of some of the latest and most exciting research being conducted in Islamic archaeology.

Organisers: Corisande Fenwick (UCL), Tom Fitton (UCL), Hugh Kennedy (SOAS/UCL), Scott Redford (SOAS), Aila Santi (SOAS), Paul Wordsworth (UCL).


Session 1 

  • 11:00 - Welcome & Introduction
  • 11:15 - Formation of the Early Islamic Port of Sohar on the Batinah, Oman: Seth Priestman (Durham), Nasser Al-Jahwari (Sultan Qaboos), Eve MacDonald (Cardiff) and Derek Kennet (Durham)
  • 11:40 - Everyday life at early medieval Volubilis, Morocco: Corisande Fenwick (UCL), Elizabeth Fentress (UCL) and Hassan Limane (INSAP) 
  • 12:05 - The Caliphal Palace of Samarra and its Riverside Garden: New Perspectives: Safa Mahmoudian (Oxford)
  • 12:30 - Material Identities at the Frontier: Perspectives from Al-Andalus: Aleks Pluskowski (Reading)

1:00: Lunch (provided, in 6th floor common room)

Session 2 

  • 2:00 - Microstratigraphic perspectives on the development of Islamic castlescapes in Iberia: Rowena Banerjea (Reading)
  • 2:25 - Chinese Ceramic Consumption in Mediaeval Ethiopia: An Archaeological Perspective: Hannah Parsons-Morgan (Exeter)
  • 2:50 - Urban and rural dynamics in Andalusi and Mudejar subsistence practices in Gandia, Valencia: new results from stable isotope analysis: Michelle Alexander (York), Malite García Collado (UVP/EHU, York), Marcos García García (Alicante), Joan Negre (Museu Arqueològic de Gandia)
  • 3:15 - Modelling the medieval landscapes of Unguja Ukuu, Zanzibar: Tom Fitton (UCL) and Stephanie Wynne-Jones (York)

3:45: Tea break

Session 3 

  • 4:15 - From Madīnat Ṣiqilliya/Balarm (Palermo) to Qurliyūn (Corleone): current archaeological research between suburbium and countryside during the Islamic period (9th-11th c. CE): Angelo Castrorao Barba (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • 4:40 - The Cosmopolitan Caspian: Nomadic Islamization and Trade in the Lower Volga (10th century CE): Irina Shingiray (Oxford)
  • 5:05 - Decorating a Seljuk House in the Sultan Kala, Merv: an archaeological reconstruction: Richard McClary (York) and Tim Williams (UCL)
  • 5:30 - The Chinili Hamam in Zeyrek: An excavation in Istanbul and the V&A’s collection: Tim Stanley (V&A)

6-7pm: Reception (in 6th floor common room)

7 :15pm: Dinner (for those who have pre-booked) at the Life Goddess restaurant, Store Street (£45 per head)


For reduced early-bird tickets, please register before Friday 24 February 2023

Further information


There is an early-bird registration fee of £18 (£12 for students – limited numbers) for those who register before 24 February 2023. Registration after this date is £25 so participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration will cover a sandwich lunch, refreshments and a wine reception.