The Project Team:
Professor Timothy Insoll is an archaeologist and Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic archaeology at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. His research interests are in later African archaeology (Iron Age) and Global Islamic archaeology.
Dr Nadia Khalaf is a landscape archaeologist specialising in late Iron Age and Medieval Africa and the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing in landscape research.
Dr Nick Tait is the project PhD student undertaking analysis of the ceramics from the excavations and examining the utility of surface collected pottery assemblages as indicators of chronology on Islamic sites in eastern Ethiopia for his thesis research.
Hannah Parsons-Morgan is an Al-Qasimi doctoral researcher at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, focusing on the consumption of Chinese ceramics in Africa in the mediaeval and early colonial period. More generally she is interested in their trade and use throughout the Indian Ocean region, particularly in Muslim and indigenous contexts.
Dr Jane Gaastra is a zooarchaeologist. She specialises in human-animal relationships during periods of cultural change, with a particular focus on the human manipulation of domestic animals and changes in domestic breeds of livestock.
Dr Alemseged Beldados is an archaeobotanist with interests in early food production along the Nile Valley and in the Horn of Africa. He is Assistant Professor of Archaeobotany and Environmental Archaeology at Addis Ababa University and Academic Vice-President of Jinka University in South Ethiopia.