UCL Qatar


Prof Robert Carter

Robert Carter

Professor of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology
Tel: +974 4000 2801

Robert Carter is Professor of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology, and Graduate Tutor (Taught). He coordinates the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, and lectures on the archaeology of the region from the Palaeolithic era to the coming of Islam. His main research concerns the origins of the Gulf towns, and his chief research project is the Origins of Doha and Qatar, a multidisciplinary project that combines archaeology, historical research, GIS and oral histories to explore the development of Doha. His second major research project, the Shahrizor Prehistory Project, examines settlement and complexity in northern Iraq in the 5th-6th millennia BC (Ubaid Period). Professor's Carter's other research includes Neolithic seafaring in the Gulf (5th-6th millennia BC); the formative role played by the pearl fishery in the shaping of the Gulf countries; and medieval urbanism and maritime trade in the Gulf.

Prof Carter holds a PhD in Bronze Age Eastern Arabia and an MA from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. Since 1993 he has conducted fieldwork, artefact studies and consultancy in many parts of the Gulf, including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, as well as in Iran.

Selected Publications

Carter, R.A, Sea of Pearls, London: Arabian Publishing, 2012.

Carter, R.A, Watercraft of the Ancient Near East, Potts D.T. Blackwell Companion to the Ancient Near East. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

Carter, R.A & Crawford, H.E.W, Maritime interactions in the Arabian Neolithic. Leiden, 2010.

Brill. Carter, R.A & Philip, G, Beyond the Ubaid: Transformation and Integration in the Late Prehistoric Societies of the Middle East, Chicago: Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization Series, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 2010.

Carter, R.A & Killick, R, Al-Khor Island: Investigating Coastal Exploitation in Bronze Age Qatar, Ludlow: Archaeology International, 2010.

Carter, R.A, The Social and Environmental Context of Neolithic Seafaring in the Persian Gulf in The Global Origins and Development of Seafaring, Cambridge, McDonald Institute: 191-202, 2010.

Carter, R.A, Christianity in the Gulf during the first centuries of Islam. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 19/1: 71-108, 2008.

Carter, R.A, Boat Remains and Maritime Trade in the Persian Gulf during the 6th and 5th millennia BC. Antiquity 80/307: 52-63, 2006.

Carter, R.A, The History and Prehistory of Pearling in the Persian Gulf, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 48/2: 139-209, 2005.