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Archaeological summer school

Oxford Brookes Archaeology and Heritage (OBAH) is proud of its unique ties with international museums and heritage organisations within the Middle East and is devoted to promoting the archaeology and heritage of the region. Thanks to our continued successful collaboration with institutions from the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf region, we are happy to announce that we will be offering a series of one week, intensive short courses during July.

The courses will be led by leading academics and professionals within the fields of Arabian archaeology, geoarchaeology and environmental archaeology and are aimed at students, archaeologists and curators from in and around the Gulf region. The summer school is ideally suited for those working or studying within the field of archaeology who wish to expand their knowledge of the archaeology of Arabia, field and data management techniques and geoarchaeological processes.

There will be two week-long intensive courses consisting of four teaching days and a one day field trip to an archaeological site or museum. Students will be assessed at the end of the course and will be awarded a certificate confirming course attendance and grade.

Course outline

Week 1: July (date TBC) – Arabian Archaeology

This course will cover the development of Arabian societies from the earliest times to the start of the modern era including:

  • Review of the prehistoric periods featuring the movement of modern humans out of Africa and the peopling of Arabia
  • Foundation of oasis life and the development of pastoral nomadism
  • Integration of the region into global networks during the historic era through seafaring and the caravan trade
  • Islamic archaeology of the region, including the development of todays political and urban configuration in eastern Arabia

Week 2: July (date TBC) – Archaeological Methods

The second course will cover archaeological methods including:

  • Excavation and recording techniques and data management
  • Finds identification analysis
  • Geoarchaeological techniques
  • Environmental archaeology

Course costs

Students may attend either one or both weeks, with the following course packages available:

Package 1: £1250

This includes all course fees for one week, materials, field work costs and certification. This is ideally suited for those who wish to arrange their own accommodation in Oxford, or who wish to combine the course with a longer visit to the UK.

Package 2: £1750

This includes all course fees for one week, materials, field work costs, certification and accommodation, which is provided within the grounds of the university. Accommodation consists of 5 and 6 bedroom apartments with en-suite bathrooms, dining and study facilities. This is ideally suited to those students who wish stay on campus for the duration of the course.

If you would be interested in attending one of these courses, or for further information, please contact:

Ash Parton
Tel: +44 1865 483664

Dr Mike Morley
Tel: +44 1865 483743