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.

New publication: H. Kirchner, F. Sabaté (eds.), Agricultural Landscapes of Al-Andalus, and the Aftermath of the Feudal Conquest

Agricultural Landscapes of Al-Andalus, and the Aftermath of the Feudal Conquest

H. Kirchner, F. Sabaté (eds.)

277 p., 22 b/w ill. + 40 maps (36 b&w, 4 colour), 8 b/w tables, 1 b/w line art, 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59397-5
Languages: English

The publication is available.
Retail price: EUR 80,00 excl. tax

Brings together significant, recent research on agricultural systems in al-Andalus, undertaken from an archaeological perspective, with particular reference to irrigated and drained areas, dry agriculture field systems, and pasturelands.

This volume presents recent archaeological research on the agriculture and society of al-Andalus during the Middle Ages, especially from the perspective of ‘hydraulic archaeology’ — an avenue of research developed by Spanish researchers which focuses on the analysis of irrigation systems created by Islamic colonists from the eighth century onwards. More recently, this research perspective has incorporated the analysis of other agricultural systems, such as dryland agriculture and pasturelands. All of these agricultural regimes are complementary in peasant-led subsistence agricultural systems. From a methodological perspective, this archaeological approach is highly innovative, and uses a wide range of techniques (aerial photography, cartographical analysis, field survey, archival research, and archaeological excavation) in order to outline the size and boundaries of cultivation and grazing areas, to define specific plots of land and the related road networks, and to identify other associated facilities, such as watermills.

In connection with these topics, several issues are discussed: the earmarking of rural or urban farming areas for irrigation, draining, or dryland agriculture; the process of construction and the subsequent evolution of these farming areas; the transformations undergone by these areas after the feudal conquest; and, finally, the identification of pasturelands and the analysis of the evidence concerning their management.

Helena Kirchneris Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology and a member of the research group Agrarian Archaeology of the Middle Ages (2017SGR1073) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Flocel Sabbate Curul is a Professor of Medieval History at the University of Lleida.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Research on Irrigation, Drainage, Dry Agriculture and Pastures in Al-Andalus — HELENA KIRCHNERPeasant Irrigation Systems

Agrarian Spaces and the Network of Andalusi Settlements of Manacor (Mallorca) — EUGÈNIA SITJES

Watermills in Ibiza (Balearic Islands): A Documentary and Archaeological Case Study in Santa Eulàlia des Riu — ANTONI FERRER, HELENA KIRCHNER

Morphology of Irrigated Spaces in Late Medieval Mudejar Settlements: The Canal of Lorca (Riba-roja de Turia, Valencia) — ENRIC GUINOTUrban Irrigated Areas

Searching for the Origin: A New Interpretation for the Horta of Valencia in Times of Al-Andalus — FERRAN ESQUILACHE

Drainage and Irrigation Systems in MadīnaṬurṭūša(Tortosa, Spain) (8th-12th Centuries) — HELENA KIRCHNER, ARNALD PUY, ANTONI VIRGILIDry Farming and Pasturelands

On Dry Farming in al-Andalus — FÈLIX RETAMERO

On the Problem of Andalusi Dry Farming: Aialt (Castell de Castells), a Qarya with no Irrigation System in the Mountains of Valencia — JOSEP TORRÓ

Deciphering Islamic Landscape in the Eastern Ebro Valley: Almunias and Livestock — JESÚS BRUFAL

Irrigated Pasturelands in Mountain Ranges in the South-East Of the Iberian Peninsula — ANTONIO MALPICA, SONIA VILLAR, GUILLERMO GARCÍA-CONTRERAS

International Workshop – “Medieval Archaeology in Ethiopia”, 09/03/2022

Wednesday 9, March 2022, 9:00-17:30, MMSH, salle Georges Duby, Aix-en-Provence. The one-day workshop is organized by the ERC HornEast and aims to present the recent research of different teams working in Ethiopia. Organizers: Amélie Chekroun, Simon Dorso & Julien Loiseau

Morning Programm
9:00 – Welcoming coffee
9:15-9:30: Pr. Julien Loiseau, Dr. Simon Dorso
Introduction to the workshop
9:30 – 10:00:
Pr. Timothy Insoll (Al-Qasimi Chair in African and Islamic Archaeology, Centre for Islamic Archaeology, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies,
University of Exeter)
Archaeological Perspectives on Contacts between Cairo and Eastern Ethiopia in the 12th to 15th Centuries

10:20 : Coffee Break

Hannah Parsons-Morgan (al-Qasimi Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Islamic Archaeology, University of Exeter, ERC Becoming Muslim)
Chinese Ceramic Consumption in the Horn of Africa: Materialities and Modification at Mediaeval Harlaa, Eastern Ethiopia
Dr. Nicholas Tait (Centre for Islamic Archaeology, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter) The Development of Local Ceramics from Harlaa, Eastern Ethiopia, in a Regional Perspective

12:10-12:30 : Discussion

12:30- 13:30 : Lunch

Afternoon Programm
Dr. Hiluf Behre (Mekelle University, Collège de France)
The palace at Gud Bahri: its Functions from Residence, Metal Workshop
to a Place of Worship
14:20-14:50 :
Dr. Simon Dorso (ERC HornEast, IREMAM, Aix-Marseille University)
The Muslim Cemeteries of South-Eastern Tigray (Ethiopia): Islamic Burials and Funerary
Practices at the Hearth of the Christian Kingdom

15:10 : Coffee Break

15:30-16:00 :
Dr. Anna Lagaron (ERC HornEast, IREMAM, Aix-Marseille University) & Pr. Julien Loiseau (ERC HornEast, Aix-Marseille University, IREMAM)
The Muslim Funerary Stelae from Bilet and Arra’s Cemeteries (South-Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia): Epigraphy, Materiality and Significance for the History of Early Islam in Ethiopia

16:20-16:50 :
Dr Helina S. Woldekiros (Washington University in St. Louis)
Foodways on Medieval Trade Networks: Provisioning the Afar Salt Caravan route, Northern Ethiopia (1000 CE-1600 CE)

17:10-17:30 : Open discussion and perspectives

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