Durham is the leading UK department for teaching and research on Arabian archaeology covering the Arabian Peninsular, the Gulf Cooperation Council (مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية ) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) plus Iran, southern Iraq and Yemen.
The interests of our current staff cover landscape archaeology, the long-term social and economic development of the region, the Sasanian and Islamic periods, chronology and development and the region's links with Indian Ocean trade.
Arabian archaeology is closely integrated with the Egypt, India and Near Eastern Research Strength
Departmental staff who work in this field are:
Dr Derek Kennet Who is also Chair of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia and an active member of the Seminar for Arabian Studies organising committee and the Soceity for Arabian Studies.
Current research projects are:
There are currently a number of doctoral candidates working or about to start working in this area of the Department from Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In addition, we have excellent library holdings for the study of Arabian archaeology.