3 February 2018 Start
3 February 2018 End
11.00 am - 6.00 pm Time
UK UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

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Islamic Archaeology Day 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The fourth annual Islamic Archaeology day hosted by SOAS and UCL will be held in at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on Saturday 3rd February, 11-6pm. The workshop presents papers on the latest archaeological research across the Islamic world and is followed by a drinks reception.



Session 1 (Chair: Hugh Kennedy)

11:00     Welcome & Introduction

Corisande Fenwick, Hugh Kennedy, Tim Williams

11:15     Sicily in Transition: Assessing Islamic impact on early medieval Sicilians

Martin Carver (University of York) and Alessandra Molinari (Tor Vergata)

11:40     Archaeology of Early Islamic Basra

Andrew Petersen (Trinity St David) and Alistair Northedge (Sorbonne)

12:05     Urban Evolution in the Oasis of Bukhara

Rocco Rante

12:30     Buddhism and Mosques in the Indian Ocean. Islamic Archaeology in the Maldives

Stephane Pradines (Aga Khan) 

1:00        Lunch (provided)


Session 2 – (Chair: Tim Williams)

2:00        The glass walls of Samarra: 9th-century Abbasid glass production

Nadine Schibille (CNRS –Orléans) and Andrew Meeks (British Museum)

2:25        Persian crucible steel: treaties and crucibles 

                Rahil Alipour (UCL)

2:50        Reconstruction and analysis of hard-stone vessels manufacturing techniques in Early Islamic and Mughal workshops

                Elise Morero (Oxford)

3:15        Exploring agriculture and diet in Islamic and later medieval Aragon (north-east Spain): new archaeobotanical research

Edward Treasure, (Durham)

3:45        Tea break

Session 3 – (Chair: Corisande Fenwick)

4:15        Islamic and Christian diet in Medieval Portugal: an isotopic contribution to the study of social inequality

                Alice Toso (York)

4:40        Maritimity, Islamisation, and Swahilification on Zanzibar

Tom Fitton (York)

5:05        Historical Archaeology at Fuwairit, a coastal site in Qatar

Rob Carter (UCL-Qatar)

5:30        Rescuing the Architectural Heritage of the Mamluks in Cairo

Omniya Abdel Barr (Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation)

 6-7pm    Reception in SCR

7 :15pm Dinner (for those who have pre-booked) at a local restaurant


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There is an early-bird registration fee of £12 (£6 for students – limited to 30) for those who register before January 12th; registration after the 12th is £18 (£10 for students) so we encourage you to register as soon as possible! Registration will cover a sandwich lunch, refreshments and a wine reception.


Organisers: Corisande Fenwick (UCL), Hugh Kennedy (SOAS), Tim Williams (UCL)