Dr Mark Jonathan Beech  BSc (Hons), MA, PhD

Web of Science ResearcherID Y-9527-2019
ORCID 0000-0002-8107-7071
Scopius Author ID 56277134200

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2018 – present: Head of Archaeology: Al Dhafra & Abu Dhabi, Historic Environment Department, Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2012 – 2018:   Head of Coastal Heritage and Palaeontology, Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2006-12:  Cultural Landscapes Manager, Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2002-06:  Senior Resident Archaeologist, Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS), Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2002 – present (- up to 20/03/2020): Honorary Visiting Fellow/Research Associate, Department of Archaeology, University of York, U.K.

1996:  Zooarchaeologist, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Assistant to Dr. Keith Dobney, Environmental Archaeology Unit (EAU), University of York, U.K.

1995-96:  Zooarchaeologist, English Heritage Zooarchaeology Laboratory,  Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham, U.K.

1991-95:  Scientific Researcher/Zooarchaeologist, Institute of Archaeology,  Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.

1987-91:  Freelance Archaeologist based at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, U.K., working on contract basis for English Heritage, Cambridge University Archaeological Unit, Suffolk Archaeological Unit, Trent & Peak Archaeological Unit, British Archaeological Mission to Pakistan, and the Nicopolis-ad-Istrum (Bulgaria) project.

1986:  Zooarchaeologist / Archaeologist, Passmore Edwards Museum, London, U.K.

1985-86:  Zooarchaeologist, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage, London, U.K.


1997-2001:  Ph.D., Department of Archaeology / Department of Biology (Environmental Archaeology Unit), University of York, U.K. Advisor: Professor Don Brothwell.
Title: In the Land of the Ichthyophagi: Modelling fish exploitation in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman from the 5th millennium BC to the Late Islamic period.

1986-87:  M.A. (with Distinction) in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, U.K.
Advisor: Dr Paul Halstead.
Title: Animal Remains and Some Evidence of Animal Sacrifice on the Roman Fen-Edge: the Animal Bones from the Romano-Celtic Shrine at Haddenham.

1982-85:  BSc. (Hons) – Archaeological Science (2.1) – Institute of Archaeology, University College London, U.K.


2012 – present: Adumatu – member of Advisory Board.

2011 – present:  Paleorient – member of Scientific Committee.

2007:  Journal of Oman Studies, Volume 14 – member of editorial board.

2002 – present (- up to 20/03/2020):  Honorary Visiting Fellow/Research Associate, Department of Archaeology, University of York, U.K.

2002 – 2011:  Tribulus – Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group – member of editorial board.

2001 – 2015:  Seminar for Arabian Studies – committee member and on the editorial board of Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies.

2001 – 2015: Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies – member of editorial committee.

1998-99:   York Archaeology Society – postgraduate representative committee member.

Academic Reviewer for International Journals: Adumatu, Antiquity, Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, Environmental Archaeology – the Journal of Human Palaeoecology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, Journal of Oman Studies, Liwa, Paleorient, Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, and Tribulus – Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group.