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Mr William Deadman

(email at william.deadman@durham.ac.uk)

Academic background/Biography

I completed a BSc (Class I, Honours) and a MA (Distinction) in Archaeology at Durham University, the latter funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Research Topic

Examining early third millennium BC society: an analysis of the distribution of Hafit tombs in the Al-Batinah Region of the northern Oman Peninsula

Abstract

The Hafit period (3,200–2,500 BC) marks the beginning of the Bronze Age in the northern Oman Peninsula. Archaeological evidence for this period consists almost entirely of single-chambered dry-stone corbelled tombs that are found on elevated ground across large parts of northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The aim of my PhD thesis is to explore the Al-Batinah region of Oman, a densely populated 12,500 km2 area that has been generally neglected in terms of archaeological investigation and research – virtually nothing is known regarding the Early Bronze Age occupation of the area. A combination of remote-sensing and ground-based fieldwork will be used to investigate the distribution of Hafit tombs in the region, and to explore what information these structures can relate regarding the nature of the early third millennium BC society of Al-Batinah. Specifically, high-resolution satellite imagery will be used to locate the structures, and GIS will be used to analyse their distribution with regards to numerous environmental and anthropogenic factors. This detailed survey of Al-Batinah will be complemented by a lower resolution remote survey for Hafit tombs across a much larger area, ground-based recording of individual cemeteries as case-studies, and a detailed survey targeting Hafit settlement remains.

Grants

  • 2013-2015
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship, £17,418 p.a.
  • 2011-2012
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Preparation Masters studentship, £14,753

Conference contributions

Papers

  • 2013: ‘Investigating the Orientation of Hafit tomb entrances in Wadi Andam, Oman’ Seminar of Arabian Studies 26-28 July, British Museum

 Posters

  • 2014: ‘Hafit tombs and the development of Early Bronze Age social hierarchy in al-Batinah, Oman’ 25-27 July, British Museum
  • 2011: ‘Unlocking the Early Bronze Age: Extracting Umm an-Nar tombs from a remotely sensed Hafit dataset’ 29-31 July, British Museum

Public Outreach

  • Membership Secretary of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (http://www.thebfsa.org), 2011 to present

Projects

  • Rustaq Batinah Archaeological Survey, Assistant Director, 2013 to present

Publications

  • Deadman, W.M. 2014. Investigating the Orientation of Hafit tomb entrances in Wadi Andam, Oman. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 44: 139–152.
  • Deadman, W.M. 2012. Defining the Early Bronze Age landscape: a remote sensing-based analysis of Hafit tomb distribution in Wadi Andam, Sultanate of Oman. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, 23: 26-34.
  • Deadman, W.M. 2012. Unlocking the Early Bronze Age: Extracting Umm an-Nar tombs from a remotely sensed Hafit dataset. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 42: 79–86.

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