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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Mr Daniel Eddisford

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I received my undergraduate and MSc degrees in archaeology at University College London. I have worked as a professional field archaeologist for 20 years, excavating a wide range of sites both in the UK and the Middle East. I have a long standing interest in the archaeology of the Arabian Gulf and I continue to undertake fieldwork in the region.

Research Topic

Networks of long distance exchange in south-eastern Arabia in the Early Bronze Age (c.3200 BC - 2000 BC)

Thesis Abstract

The Bronze Age is a time of dramatic change for the societies of southeastern Arabia, with local cultures and styles developing against a backdrop of state formation in Mesopotamia and the Indus region. Exotic artefacts are relatively common on Bronze Age sites along the Arabian Gulf, and exchange networks linking southeast Arabia to the riverine civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Indus as well as Iran, have been the subject of interest for some time. Building upon this research I aim to identify more detailed networks of interaction, as well as the roles the objects themselves are playing in society. By drawing together multiple lines of data I hope to build a clearer picture of who was trading, how trade was conducted and what impact novel forms of exotic material culture had on society. I intend to develop analytical methods that utilise GIS in order to contribution to our understanding of the nature of Early Bronze Age society in the region, as well as how and why societies in the region changed throughout this period.

Professional Roles

  • Editor of the Proceeding of the Seminar for Arabian Studies
  • Editor of the International Association for the Study of Arabia Annual Bulletin
  • Secretary to the Seminar for Arabian Studies
  • Honorary Secretary to the International Association for the Study of Arabia
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists

Selected Publications

  • Eddisford, D. (2013) Building 49. Pages 313-356 in I. Hodder (ed.) Çatalhöyük Excavations: The 2000-2008 Seasons: Volume 7. Los Angeles: Cotsen Press; London: British Institute at Ankara.
  • Clarke, C., Carew, T. and Eddisford, D. (2011) Medieval Occupation in Maldon, Essex: Excavations at 127-129 High Street. Essex Archaeology and History 2: 107 - 116.
  • ­Eddisford, D. (2010) A Medieval Moat at Hope Cottage, High Street, Egham. Surrey Archaeological Collections 95: 57-65.
  • Eddisford, D., Melikian, M. and Wilson, M.D. (2010) The Medieval Manor of Chilverscoton: Excavations At Bermuda Park, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 1970 – 2004. Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society 14: 81-109.
  • Eddisford, D. (2009) Excavations at a Multi-Period Site near Cams Hill School, Fareham, Hampshire. Proceedings: Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society 64: 81-104
  • Eddisford, D. and Harpelund, A.M. (2009) The City Wall and the Northwest Area (EP01). In M. Bile (ed) End of the Season Report 2009, Vol. 1. Archaeological Excavations & Survey at az-Zubarah, Qatar. Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen/Qatar Museums Authority.
  • Eddisford, D., Regan, R. and Taylor, J.S. (2009) The experimental firing of a Neolithic Oven. Pages 159-161 in S. Farid (ed) Çatalhöyük 2009 Archive Report: Çatalhöyük Research Project.
  • Carew, T., Eddisford D., Pearce J. and Vince, A. (2009) Axe Street Barking, and the Supply of Medieval Mill Green Type Ware to London and South Essex. London Archaeologist 12 (5): 138-142.

Papers Presented

  • Carter, R., Eddisford, D. and Al-Naimi, F.A. (2018) Archaeology, Migration and Globalisation at Fuwairit, Qatar. Presented to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, London.
  • Eddisford, D and Philips, C. (2018) Kalba – a midway point on the Early Bronze Age maritime trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus. Presented to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, London.
  • Eddisford, D. and Carter, R. (2017) Recording the Vernacular Architecture of Doha. Presented to the Mapping Traditional Khaliji Architecture: Qatar, the Gulf and the World, 1750s-1950s conference, Qatar National Library.
  • Eddisford, D. (2015) Joint QM-UCL Qatar Old Doha Rescue Excavation - UCL Qatar Trenches. Presented to the Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar Conference, UCL Qatar.Morgan, C., Eddisford, D., Carter, R. (2015) The Origins of Doha Project: Urban Rescue Archaeology in Qatar. Presented to the University of York Research Seminar Series.
  • Carter, R., Sakal, F., Eddisford, D., Roberts, K. and Naimi, F. (2014) The Foundation and Growth of a Pearling Town: Archaeological Excavations in Central Doha. Presented to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, London.
  • Eddisford, D. and Morgan, C. (2013) Simulacra and Cultural Heritage in Qatar. Presented to the Theoretical Archaeology Group Meeting, Chicago.
  • Richter, T., Mackie, D., Macumber, P., Al Na'imi, F., Rosendahl, S., Wordsworth., P. and Eddisford, D. (2011) Archaeological Characterisation of 18th-19th Century Rural Settlement in Northern Qatar. Presented to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, London.
  • Eddisford, D. (2009) Southeast Arabia and the Indus Valley in the Early Bronze Age. Presented to The Annual Conference of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology, Durham.
  • Eddisford, D. (2008) The Bronze ­­Age at Kalba. Presented to the Seminar for Arabian Studies, London.

Posters Presented

  • Michalski, M., Carter, R., Eddisford, D., Fletcher, R. and Morgan, C. (2016) Doha Online Historical Atlas - GIS interactive mapping of space and time in a pearling town. Presented to the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA), Oslo.
  • Carter, R., Al Naimi, F., Al Obaidly, F., Al Na'ama, N., Alrayes, K., Al Dosari, F., Sakal, F., Moe, T., Fletcher, R., Morgan, C. and Eddisford, D. (2014). The Future of Doha's Past. Presented to the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference.

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