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Presentation at the European Society for the study of Human Evolution

ESHE - Vienna crop2In Vienna in September 2013 Huw Groucutt delivered a podium presentation at the European Society for the study of Human Evolution entitled “Advances in the study of the Middle Palaeolithic of Arabia”.

The presentation looks at the importance of the Arabian Peninsula in our understanding of Middle and Upper Pleistocene hominin evolution, demography and dispersal. Click here to read the abstract.

Other contributors to the presentation were Michael Petraglia, Rémy Crassard, Richard Jennings and Eleanor Scerri.

Forthcoming Conference – Green Arabia

oxforduniversity-logoHuman Prehistory at the Cross-roads of Continents, 2 – 4 April 2014, University of Oxford.
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Workshop held at University of York

University of York crop 1A joint workshop was held with Professor Geoff Bailey and his international team in the Department of Archaeology, University of York.

Professor Bailey heads the ERC-supported Disperse project, which is focusing on the coastal environments and archaeology of the Red Sea. Joint collaborations and initiatives were discussed with the Palaeodeserts team.

Albert Matter visits Research Laboratory

Professor Albert Matter, Dr Ash Parton, Dr Laine Clark-Balzan

Professor Albert Matter, Dr Ash Parton, Dr Laine Clark-Balzan

A meeting was held with Professor Albert Matter of the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Professor Matter has undertaken pioneering research on the Quaternary environmental history of Arabia. Potential areas of mutual interest were discussed with Professor Matter and the Palaeodeserts team.

Modelling hominin life zones across Eurasia

AD26469_IMGP2190-scrRichard Jennings will give a presentation on modelling hominin life zones across Eurasia at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford on 5 June 2013.

The Palaeodeserts Project highlights from the 2013 season

Mundafan teamLaine Clark-Balzan gave a seminar on 29 May 2013 at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford, on highlights from the Palaeodeserts field trip to Saudi Arabia which took place during February and March.

Lecture at the University of Ha’il

Mike Petraglia with students at the School of Tourism and Archaeology, University of Hail, Saudi ArabiaAt the University of Ha’il Mike Petraglia recently delivered a lecture on the significance of the pre-history of Saudi Arabia from a global perspecitive. It was an opportunity to meet and share ideas with archaeology students at the university.

Palaeodeserts completes another Arabian season

Abdullah Alsharekh, Ash PartonThe Palaeodeserts Project has undertaken recent archaeological research in the Arabian Peninsula. The season was comprised of survey and excavations in northern and southern Saudi Arabia. Field work took place over a two month period, involving researchers and students from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, the University of Oxford, the Centre National de la RechercheScientifique (CNRS) at the University of Lyon, the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka, King’s College London and the University of Queensland.
The field research focused on early occupation site. The research aims to apply new interdisciplinary methods to better understand the Arabian Peninsula’s role in movements of hominids and animals.

Filming for international documentary

FilmingClearwater Documentary has been filming Palaeodeserts staff members at Oxford.  This was for a forthcoming series on human evolution, to be aired internationally in  2015.  Segments of the film will be shown in a three-part series, sponsored by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Oxford signs contract with Saudi Arabia

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman (centre), Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al Ghabban, rofessor Michael Petraglia (right)

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman (centre), Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al Ghabban, Professor Michael Petraglia (right)

The University of Oxford signed a contract with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia in March 2013.

The contract is part of a new joint Palaeodeserts – Commission initiative that will see new archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research undertaken in Saudi Arabia starting in 2013. The contract was signed by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of SCTA, Dr Ali bin Ibrahim Al Ghabban, Vice President of SCTA, and by Professor Michael Petraglia on behalf of the University of Oxford.