Third International Conference on the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula (The Neolithic in Arabia)

Third International Conference on the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula (The Neolithic in Arabia)

Organised by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) & the French Center for Archaeology and Social Sciences (CEFAS)

20-22 November 2018

National Library of Kuwait
Qibla Block 15
Al Ma’arri Street
P.O. Box 26182
Al Safat 13122
Kuwait City
Tel:  00965-22929801 – 00965-22929802
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I am presenting a paper entitled “New results from excavations at MR11, Marawah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates”

This will be presented on Tuesday 20 November from 11:05-11:25 am in Session 2: Latest results from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The full conference programme is as follows:

20 November 2018

8:30 – 9:00
Welcoming of the participants and general public

9:00 – 9:10
Official speeches

9:00 NCCAL representative(s)

9:05 French Embassy in Kuwait representative and CEFAS Director

9:10 – 9:20
Introduction to the Conference topic by Rémy CRASSARD (CNRS / CEFAS, France / Kuwait)

Origins and dispersals of the Arabian Neolithic
(Chair: Dr Robert Carter – Former Director of British Excavation Mission in al Sabbiya area)

9:20 – 9:40
Yamandú H. HILBERT (CNRS, France)
Stone tool use in Arabia during the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene human occupation: trends and their impact on human demography

9:40 – 10:00
Rémy CRASSARD (CNRS / CEFAS, France / Kuwait)
A Neolithic influence from the Fertile Crescent? ‘Naviform’ technology from Saudi Arabia

10:00 – 10:20
Cheryl MAKAREWICZ (University of Kiel, Germany)
The emergence of pastoralism in the Arabian peninsula: Zooarchaeological and isotopic perspectives from the Jordanian highlands and steppe ‘periphery’

10:20 – 10:40
Hans Georg K. GEBEL (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
Sustainable sedentarisation and the establishment of food production on the Arabian Peninsula

10:40 – 10:50
Questions and discussions

10:50– 11:05
Coffee Break

Latest results from United Arab Emirates and Qatar
(Chair: Dr Moawiya Ibrahim – Archaeologist and Historian – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)

11:05 – 11:25
Mark BEECH (Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, UAE)
New results from excavations at MR11, Marawah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

11:25 – 11:45
Kevin LIDOUR (Paris University Panthéon-Sorbonne, France)
Analysis of the fish remains from the Neolithic stone house of Marawah Island (MR11), United Arab Emirates

11:45 – 12:05
Sophie MÉRY (CNRS, France)
UAQ36, a fifth millennium BC site in Umm al Quwain

12:05 – 12:25
Richard CUTTLER (Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, UAE)
Neolithic Occupation at Wadi Debay‘an, North West Qatar

12:25 – 12:35
Questions and discussions

12:35 – 13:00
Pre-lunch Break

Latest results from Saudi Arabia
(Chair: Dr Sayid Mahfoudh – Professor of Ancient History & Archaeology, Kuwait University)

13:00 – 13:20
Abdullah ALSHAREKH (King Saud University, Saudi Arabia)
Scientific and stylistic approaches to dating the earliest rock art in Arabia: An evaluation

13:20 – 13:40
Niklas HAUSMANN (Foundation of Research and Technology, Greece)
Marine food sources from the Farasan Islands and their relation to the Arabian mainland and the southern Red Sea

13:40 – 13:50
Questions and discussions

13:50 – 14:00
Open discussion on the first day of conference

14:00 – 14:45
Lunch at the National Library of Kuwait

14:45 – 15:00 shuttle to Cultural Centre

15:00 – 16:30 Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre

16:30 – 16:40 shuttle to hotel

16:40 – 19:00 hotel break

19:00 – 19:30 shuttle to Jabriya

19:30 – Reception at the Residence of H.E. the Ambassador of France 

21 November 2018

Latest results from Oman
(Chair: Dr Fahad al Wohaibi – Kuwait University Professor – Former Director of Kuwait National Museum)

9:00 – 9:20
Jean-François BERGER (CNRS, France)
First contribution of the excavation and the chronostratigraphic study of Ruways 1 Neolithic shell middens (Oman), in terms of Neolithization, palaeoeconomy, social-environmental interactions and site formation processes (Note: this paper was presented by Remy CRASSARD as Jean-François BERGER was unable to come to Kuwait)

9:20 – 9:40
Anaïs MARRAST (National Museum of Natural History, France)
Ancient exploitation of coastal resources during the Arabian Neolithic: the settlements of Ra’s al Hamra 6 and 5 (Sultanate of Oman)

9:40 – 10:00
Olivia MUNOZ (CNRS, France)
Neolithic coastal populations from South-Eastern Arabia: the contribution of funerary and bio-anthropological data

10:00 – 10:20
Ash PARTON (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Holocene Lake and Wetland Development in the Batinah Region of Northern Oman

10:20 – 10:40
Marcin BIAŁOWARCZUK (Warsaw University, Poland)
New prehistoric sites in the Qumayrah Valley, Oman. Preliminary results of two seasons of investigations

10:40 – 11:00
Maria Pia MAIORANO (Naples University, Italy)
Projectile points of Southeastern Arabia: quantitative approach to regional issues

11:00 – 11:10
Questions and discussions

11:10– 11:25
Coffee Break

Neolithic in Kuwait
(Chair: Dr Abdulhadi al Ajmi – Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs)

11:25 – 11:45
Piotr BIELINSKI (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Bahra 1- an Ubaid culture related settlement in Northern Kuwait and its possible functions

11:45 – 12:05
Agnieszka PIEŃKOWSKA (University of Warsaw, Poland)
The earliest settlement remains at the Bahra 1 site

12:05 – 12:25
Robert CARTER (University College London, UK)
The Arabian Neolithic in Ubaid Mesopotamia? Cross-cultural Interactions in Northern Kuwait and Southern Iraq during the 6th  and 5th millennia BC

12:25 – 12:35
Questions and discussions

12:35– 13:00
Pre-lunch Break

Ubaid Ceramic from the Gulf
(Chair: Dr Piotr Bielinski – Current Director of Polish Excavation Mission in Kuwait)

13:00 – 13:20
Hasan ASHKANANI (Kuwait University, Kuwait)
A characterization study of Late Neolithic ceramics from As-Sabbiya, Kuwait, using non-destructive pXRF

13:20 – 13:40
Eleanor PRESTON (University College London, Qatar)
The Ubaid in the Arabian Gulf: Petrographic and Compositional Analysis of Ceramic material

13:40 – 14:00
Anna SMOGORZEWSKA (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Pottery traditions in the Neolithic Gulf. New evidence from Bahra 1 (Kuwait)

14:00 – 14:10
Questions and discussions

14:10 – 14:20
Concluding remarks / publications

14:20 – 15:10
Lunch at the National Library of Kuwait

15:10 – 15:25 shuttle to Dar al-Athar

15:25 – 17:00 Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Amricani Cultural Centre

17:00 – 17:10 shuttle to hotel

17:10 – 19:00 hotel break

19:00 – shuttle to dinner

25 April 2018

08:00 – 09:00 shuttle from hotel to Bahra

09:00 – 11:00 Site visit to Bahra 1 (organized in cooperation with the Kuwaiti-Polish team), and other archaeological sites around Bahra (with Dr Sultan Al-Duwaish)

11:00 – 12:00 shuttle from Bahra to Kuwait City

Lunch in Kuwait City (CEFAS)

Afternoon: free time at hotel and Kuwait City / Departure of the participants in the evening and the day after.