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Call for papers: IOW-arch 2 19th-20th December 2022

Indian Ocean World Archaeology Conference
19th-20th December 2022,
University of Exeter
Organiser: Professor Timothy Insoll

Conference Website:


Following on from the very successful inaugural IOW-Arch conference held on 10th-11th January 2020, the second IOW-Arch is planned for Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December 2022. This is being held at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, who are generously providing financial support.

Papers are welcome on all aspects of the archaeology, material culture and heritage of the Indian Ocean (defined as from East Africa to Japan, including Australasia) from the first millennium BC to the contemporary era, and may include reports on research in progress. Presentations should be in English (unless you are in the special session organised by Derek Kennet and Ran Zhang, which will be in Mandarin) and must not exceed 15 minutes, with a further 5 minutes allowed for questions.

The IOW-Arch 2022 conference will be a hybrid event with both in-person and Zoom options. The conference will begin on Monday 19th, with an introduction and presentations, followed by a reception. The conference will resume on Tuesday 20th with presentations followed by closing remarks and discussion. There will then be a conference dinner (at participants own expense).

Both speakers and non-speaking audience members are welcome to register. Registration costs £30 (£15 for students) for those attending the conference in person at the IAIS in Exeter and includes conference programme, refreshments and drinks reception on the 19th, and refreshments and lunch on the 20th. For those attending online, please select the appropriate ticket through the online store. We have not set the online tickets at a fixed price, to ensure that the conference is affordable for scholars of the Indian Ocean World regardless of their geographical location. Instead, we request that you make a contribution through the appropriate page on the University Store. Suggested amounts are £15 for staff, and £5 – £10 for students and independent scholars, to contribute to the running costs of the event.

Please register here: Indian Ocean World Archaeology Conference 19th-20th December 2022 | Exeter University
For more information, including registration and abstract submission details, please see the conference website: To present, a title and 200-word abstract is required by Monday 16th May 2022, see Abstract Submission |IOW-Arch.

Second Ḥajar Online Workshop, 28 APRIL 2022

Early Islamic agriculture and water management: Talking about a “revolution”

15:45-19:00 (Brussels)

15:45 Case studies

Helena Kirchner, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Green Revolution between technique transfer and local adaptation: The making of a new agricultural landscape in al-Andalus

Vladimir Dabrowski, CNRS-National Museum of Natural History (Paris)

What Islamic agricultural revolution in eastern Arabia? Recent archaeobotanical discoveries (1st millennium CE)

Gideon Avni, Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A “Eurasian exchange”? The penetration of new agricultural and water management technologies into the southern Levant, 6th-10th centuries CE

17:15 Break

17:30 Discussion

Discussant: Chris Wickham, University of Oxford

Discussant: Seven Ağır, Middle East Technical University

General debate and questions

For registration (and zoom link), please write us to until April 27th.