Section Newsletter #11

January 2017

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the IoA World Archaeology Section Newsletter.

Lecture: The Wonderful Things of Punt: Excavations at the 12th Dynasty Harbor of Saww, Modern Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt – 2nd March


Lecture by Kathryn Bard, Professor of Archaeology, Boston University on 2nd March 2017 in G6, Institute of Archaeology 5-6pm.  Sponsored by the World Archaeology Section.

Archaeological investigations were conducted 2001 to 2011 at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt, the site of the pharaonic harbor of Saww, by Boston University and the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” The harbor was mainly used in the 12th Dynasty by an estimated 10-15 seafaring expeditions to the southern Red Sea region. A large paleo-bay existed at the harbor ca. 6000-4000 BP, and the only substantial structures there were small stone monuments, rock-cut chambers and galleries, and possible slipways for ships. Most of the archaeological evidence consists of the remains of ephemeral activities, such as hearths for cooking; areas of cereal storage, processing and baking; fire-pits in a multi-purpose production area; and the waste from salvaged ship timbers. Abandoned artifacts include ceramics brought from the Nile Valley, cargo boxes, and ship timbers and riggings. There is also evidence (ceramic and raw materials) about where these expeditions were traveling, as well as texts that mention Punt and Bia-Punt.

For more information contact Alice Stevenson (

Lecture: Evolution of Settlements in the Oasis of Bukhara – 27th January

Lecture by Dr Rocco Rante, Département des arts de l’Islam, Musée du Louvre. 27th January 2017 in Common Ground, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, 5.30-6.30pm (followed by a wine reception). All welcome.


Conferences, Events and Forums

A brief selection of recent announcements. If you would like to share upcoming events in the next newsletter, please get in touch.

EES / UCL Lecture:Between legacies and new technologies: the evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cédric Gobeil

10th February 2017, 6-7pm, G6, Institute of Archaeology

Tickets are free (booking essential).  For more details, please see the IoA event announcement.

Islamic Archaeology Day 2017

28th January 2017, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The third annual Islamic Archaeology day hosted by SOAS and UCL will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on Saturday 28th January, 11-6pm. The workshop presents papers on the latest archaeological research across the Islamic world and is followed by a drinks reception.

For further details of the programme, and to register (£5 (students) / £10), please see the Eventbrite site.

Call for papers: Egyptology and Anthropology: Historiography, theoretical exchange, and conceptual development

25th–26th July 2017, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

The deadline for submitting papers for this symposium is 1st April 2017. Further details are on the website.

Call for ‘Off the Record’ speakers for the Spring Term

If any section members would like to contribute to this term’s ‘Off the Record’ series, please email

In particular we would welcome talks from:2000px-Tokyoship_Talk_icon_2.svg

  • New PhD students who could present research from their masters degrees or current doctorates
  • Postdocs or visiting fellows
  • Existing members of staff

The sessions are informal and there is no set format.


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