The IASA actively supports research on Arabia through the provision of grants in support of research.
In 2014 the IASA (then the BFSA) received an extremely generous donation of over £30,000 from Prof. Valeria Fiorani Piacentini. We are very grateful to her. This very exciting development has allowed the IASA to develop its research grant scheme and to increase the amount we award, enabling us to support more substantial and varied research projects. Details of the new grants scheme can be found here:
Please see below for details of some of the projects we have supported recently:

2018: A chronological investigation of palaeoenvironmental change in Wadi Iddayyah, UAE

Gareth W. Preston and Kira Dähling

Arabia is now recognised as an important geographical location with respect to early human demography, with some suggesting that periods of climatic amelioration facilitated important demographic shifts. Our understanding of climate change during key periods in the Late Pleistocene (e.g. Marine Isotope Stage 3) is based on a handful of securely dated records. This project will generate new data from an unexplored ~30 km section in Wadi Iddayyah, UAE, offering a unique opportunity to study the relationship between climate change and long-term (130 ka) human occupation in the region. (Report… )

2018: Ships’ Timbers from the Islamic Site of Al Baleed: a case study of sewn-plank technology in the Indian Ocean

Alessandro Ghidoni

The sewn-plank ships that sailed the Indian Ocean in the pre-modern Islamic period were agents of trade but were also instrumental in spreading religion and culture.  One of the most exciting pieces of evidence is the remains of sewn-ship planks from the site of Al Baleed in souther Oman. (Report… )

2018: Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project Study Season 2019

Bleda S Düring

After five seasons of fieldwork we felt it was the time to consolidate our knowledge of the surface archaeology and to prepare for publication of the results, so that they can be made available to academics and stakeholders.   (Report… )

2018: Construction techniques and daily life: metal materials from the monastic settlement of al-Qusur, Failaka Island (Kuwait)

Julie Clerc  (French-Kuwaiti Archaeological Mission in Failaka)

The monastic settlement of al-Qusur was located in the middle of Failaka Island over a vast area (2,80 x 1,60 km).   The discovery of different metal objects during the 2011–2017 campaigns and the limited publications on this subject have made it necessary for us to carry out a complete and more detailed analysis of these artefacts. (Report… )

2017: The Diwaniyya in Urban Kuwaiti Society: A Reflection of Socio-Spatial and Diplomatic Realities

Clemens Chay

The diwaniyya is a well-embedded aspect of Kuwaiti culture. Imbued with tribal customs of the past, and taking up communal functions during Kuwait’s golden years as a port city, the diwaniyya today finds itself in an urban environment. Its relevance lies in ensuring the social contract between the Al-Sabah ruling family and Kuwaitis – governance as a “family”. (Report… )

2017: “Writing down the coast”: cultural landscapes of maritime violence in British hydrography of the Persian Gulf 1700–1850

Mick de Ruyter, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA.

This project uses the coastal views, charts and sketches produced by British mariners in the Persian Gulf over the 18th and early 19th centuries to observe changes in watercraft and the cultural landscapes of organised violence. This hydrographic iconography was principally aimed at ensuring the safety of navigation of commercial vessels within the Gulf, but surveyors were progressively more concerned with organised violence over this period. (Report… )

2016: Petrographic and chemical analyses of Pottery from Masafi

Anne Benoist, Sophie Méry and Steven Karacic

(Report… )

2016: Early Stone Age Activity and Environment at Wadi Dabsa,
SW Saudi Arabia

Dr Robyn Inglis, Department of Archaeology, University of York.

(Report… )

2016: Networking Magan: Investigating the Political Economy of the Omani Interior in the Third Millennium BC

Eli N. Dollarhide, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, New York University.

(Report… )

2016: Imbibing the Past, Living the Modern: The Politics of Time in the Sultanate of Oman.

Amal Sachedina

(Report… ).

2014: The DISPERSE-Project at the University of York

Dr. Matthew Gregory Meredith-Williams

(Report… )

2014: The Qanāt Archaeology and Environment workshop – Durham University

(Report… )

2014: Using L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar to detect subsurface archaeological remains

Frances Wiig

(Report… )

2013: Establishing a chronology for Holocene climate and environmental change from Mleiha, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Adrian G. Parker, Frank Preusser, Joachim Eberle, Sabah Jasim and Hans-Peter Uerpmann

(Report… )

2013: Historical Archaeology in the mudbrick village of Bat

Dr Ruth Young, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester

(Report… )

2009: Globalization, the State and Narrative Plurality: historiography in Saudi Arabia.

In 2009 Jörg Matthias Determann was awarded a BFSA research grant to help fund the fieldwork in Saudi Arabia for his dissertation, entitled Globalization, the State and Narrative Plurality: historiography in Saudi Arabia.

In 2013 he was joint winner of the BRISMES Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic. The independent judges awarding the prize said: “This is a work of extraordinary value and scholarly integrity. …The author has made extraordinarily good use of primary materials, assembling an impressive array of local and personal histories that form a more plural and complex picture of the peoples of Saudi Arabia than has often been appreciated.”

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