Registration: 2023 Islamic Archaeology Day, March 11th, London@UCL

Corisande Fenwick Discussion

Dear all,

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 7th annual Islamic Archaeology Day co-hosted by SOAS and UCL and held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on Saturday March 11th  2023 between 11 and 6pm. 

We invite you to register online at  Please make sure that you register before February 24th as there is an early-bird registration fee of £18 (£12 for students – limited numbers).  Registration will cover a sandwich lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. 

There will be a dinner afterwards at the Life Goddess on Store Street for anyone who would like to attend at a cost of £45pp (including 3 courses, plenty of wine) so please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in joining us. We’ll confirm final numbers and the main course options with all those interested in late February.  

Finally, please do pass this onto others who may be interested in attending. Everyone is welcome!

All best wishes,

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


Islamic Archaeology Day 2023 Programme

11-6pm, Saturday, March 11th

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY


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 in SCR (6th Floor)

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 SCR (6th Floor)

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


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March 11, 2023