UCL Qatar


Dr Gaetano Palumbo

Gaetano Palumbo

Research Associate
Tel: +974 4000 2825

Gaetano Palumbo is Head of UCL-Qatar's research in Morocco, and a specialist in conservation and site management planning. The project in Morocco is investigating Early Islamic settlement in the region between Tanger and Asilah, as well as contributing to the Archaeological Map of Morocco, with a program to survey an area of approximately 500 square kilometers on the western side of the Tingitan peninsula.

Gaetano Palumbo has a Master and a PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", and was Senior Lecturer at UCL's Institute of Archaeology, coordinating the course on Managing Archaeological Sites. He was also Program Director at the World Monuments Fund and Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. He has consulted for various organizations, including ICCROM, ICOMOS, UNESCO and the World Bank, as well as national institutions in the Middle East on projects concerning the conservation and management planning of archaeological sites. He has directed two archaeological projects (Wadi el Yabis and Wadi az-Zarqa survey) and numerous salvage surveys and excavations in Jordan.

Research Updates

The transformation of the Morocco landscape in the Early Islamic period

Selected Publications

Palumbo, G., 2017. Images of Piety or Power? Conserving the Umayyad Royal Narrative in Qusayr ʿAmra. In T. Rico (ed.), The Making of Islamic Heritage. Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents. Palgrave MacMillan. DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-4071-9

Palumbo, G. (ed.), 2014. Erbil Citadel Management Plan and World Heritage Nomination file. Erbil: HCECR. http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/nominations/1437.pdf

Palumbo, G. and A. Atzori, (eds.) 2014. Qusayr 'Amra Site Management Plan. Amman: Department of Antiquities. http://whc.unesco.org/document/127108

Palumbo, G., et al. 2014. Protecting the invisible: site management planning at small archaeological sites in al-Ain, Abu Dhabi. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 16.2: 145-162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1350503314Z.00000000079

Palumbo, G. et al. 2013. Qusayr 'Amra World Heritage Site: preliminary report on documentation, conservation and site management activities in 2012-2013. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 57: 425-439

Palumbo. G., Agnew, N. and D. Myers, 2009. The GCI-WMF Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative: Building Professional Capacity for Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 11.3-4: 340-350. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/175355210X12747818485646

Palumbo, G., 2008. The Early Bronze Age IV. Chapter 7, Pp. 227 - 262 in Adams, R. A. Jordan - An Archaeological Reader. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19368

Palumbo, G., 2005. The State of Iraq's Cultural Heritage in the Aftermath of the 2003 War. The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Volume XII, issue 1: 225-238. http://www.jstor.org/stable/24590678

Teutonico, J.M and Palumbo, G. (eds.), 2002. Management Planning for Archaeological Sites. Los Angeles: Getty. http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/books/mgmnt_planning_arch_sites.html

Palumbo, G., 2001. Sheltering an archaeological structure in Petra. A case-study of criteria, concepts, and implementation. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 5.1: 35-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/cma.2002.5.1-2.35

Palumbo, G., 2001. The Early Bronze Age IV, in B. MacDonald and R. Adams (eds.) The Archaeology of Jordan. Chapter 6, Pp. 233-269. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press.

Palumbo, G., 2000. Beyond CAD: a look at data integration and analysis using GIS. Pp 114-124 in W. Schmid (ed.) GRADOC Graphic Documentation Systems in Mural Painting Conservation. Rome: ICCROM

Palumbo, G., 1997. A GIS Application for the Analysis of Archaeological Survey Data: Natural Resources and Settlement History of the Upper Zarqa Valley. Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan, VI: 105-108

Parenti, F. et al. 1997. Early Acheulean Stone Tools and Fossil Faunas from the Dauqara Formation, Upper Zarqa Valley, Jordanian Plateau, Pp. 7-22 in H.-G. Gebel and G. Rollefson (eds.) Prehistory of Jordan II. Perspectives from 1997. Studies in Early Near Eastern Production, Subsistence, and Environment 4. Berlin: ex oriente. http://www.exoriente.org/docs/00064.pdf

Palumbo, G. et al. 1995. Cultural Resources Management and National Inventory of Archaeological and Historic Sites: the Jordanian Experience. Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan V. Amman: Department of Antiquities.

Palumbo, G., 1994. JADIS - Jordan Antiquities Database and Information System. A Summary of the Data. Amman: The Department of Antiquities and ACOR.

Palumbo, G. and Peterman, G., 1993. Early Bronze Age IV Ceramic Regionalism in Central Jordan. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 289: 23-32. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1357360

Mabry, J. and Palumbo, G., 1992. Environmental, Economic, and Political Constraints on Ancient Settlement Patterns in the Wadi el-Yabis Region, pp. 67-72 in S. Tell (ed.) Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan, IV. Amman: Department of Antiquities

Palumbo, G., 1991. The Early Bronze Age IV in the Southern Levant. Settlement patterns, Economy, and Material Culture of a 'Dark Age'. CMAO III, Roma: Università di Roma La Sapienza

Kuijt, I., Mabry, J. and G. Palumbo, 1991. Early Neolithic Use of Upland Areas of Wadi el-Yabis: Preliminary Evidence from the Excavations of `Iraq ed-Dubb, Jordan. Paléorient 17/1: 99-108. http://www.persee.fr/doc/paleo_0153-9345_1991_num_17_1_4543

Palumbo, G., 1987. "Egalitarian" or "Stratified" Society? Some Notes on Mortuary Practices and Social Structure at Jericho in EB IV. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 267:43-51. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1356966