Figure 1 - Work in progress at Ain Shems (Beth Shemesh)


Chloe Emmott

PhD Candidate, University of Greenwich


Photographs of archaeology allow us to examine the visual language of the colonial hierarchies which underpinned the development of archaeology as a discipline. The Mandate system placed Britain in a role of colonial tutelage and guidance over Palestine. As part of this, archaeology was encouraged by the British, and the Mandate era saw a large number of extensive excavations undertaken by teams, mostly from Europe the US. Whilst many Palestinians worked on archaeological sites, their


Bryan McClure

Department of History, Western University


Marking the entrance of Jubilee Park in the town of Te Puke in Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa (New Zealand) stands a twelve-foot tall marble arch. Writing on the pillars in English and Te Rao identifies it as a war memorial to Hera Takuira, a young Māori woman who died in 1918. Erected to commemorate one person, the memorial demonstrates the struggles of the Māori to gain recognition from settler communities as their attempts to showcase loyal service did not translate into meaningful action.

Hera was a teenager during the war, the daughter of

Myriam Yakoubi,

University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès

Clothilde Houot,

Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne


"Everybody Middle East is here".[1] This is how, in a letter to his brother Bob, T.E. Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia” described the large gathering which met a century ago, from 12 to 30 March 1921. Organized by the British Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill, its purpose was to reshape Britain’s policy in the Middle East in the wake of the Ottoman defeat in the First World War.

               The Cairo Conference and its legacies will be the subject of a one-day conference