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The Team

Faisal Abdulla Al-Naimi

Faisal Abdulla Al-Naimi

Co-Director of the Remote Sensing & QNHER Project and Head of the Antiquities Department of the Qatar Museums Authority.

Faisal has over twenty years of archaeological experience and has worked in many countries including Kuwait, Syria, France and almost every region in Qatar. His research interests include the management of the archaeological resource of Qatar, prehistoric lithics technology and archaeological field survey. Faisal is also an expert flintknapper and preeminent in this field within the Arabian Peninsula.

Professor Vince Gaffney

Professor Vince Gaffney

Co-Director of the Remote Sensing & QNHER Project

Professor Gaffney received his undergraduate and research degrees from the University of Reading and began his career as Co-Director of the Maddle Farm Project – a landscape survey of the Berkshire Downs. Following a period in museums he undertook research in Croatia and Slovenia and pioneered the application of geographical information systems (GIS) in archaeology. His work on the Adriatic Islands provided the first substantial use of GIS in Europe and this was followed by the Wroxeter Hinterland Project, which received the prestigious Queens Award for Higher Education for its use of novel technology.
More recently his work has included the major GIS and VR digital study of the Stonehenge Landscape, and the world’s largest marine survey project 'Palaeolandscapes of the Southern North Sea'. In 2001 Professor Gaffney was appointed Director of the University’s multidisciplinary Visual and Spatial Technology Centre (VISTA).
See Vince's profile on the University of Birmingham website

Richard T. H. Cuttler

Richard T. H. Cuttler

Co-Director of the Remote Sensing & QNHER Project and Research Fellow, University of Birmingham.

Richard has worked as an archaeologist for over twenty-five years working and directing projects across many countries including Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Georgia, Norway, and Italy. His research interests include the Archaeology of the Gulf, Palaeolithic and Holocene Arabia, landscape survey, the use of Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) for cultural resource management and the application of geophysics in archaeology. He is currently based in Qatar.
See Richard's profile on the University of Birmingham website

Dr. Emma Tetlow

Dr. Emma Tetlow

Environmental Officer for the QNHER project.

Since gaining her Ph.D in palaeoentomology from the University of Birmingham in 2004, Emma has worked as an environmental archaeologist on commercial and research projects both in the UK and abroad. Now based in Doha, she has been involved in research for the QNHER since 2010 and is responsible for all facets of environmental research from project design and evolution to field work and sample processing and analysis. Emma also works as project Logistics Manager.

Saif Al-Naimi

Saif Al-Naimi

Finance Administrator and Welfare Officer for the QNHER project

Saif works within the Finance Department of the Department of Antiquities, QMA. His role includes the preparation of financial statements and logistical support.

Saad Al-Naimi

Saad Al-Naimi

Field and Marine Archaeologist, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Saad's role within the QNHER includes field surveying, excavation and the monitoring of archaeological sites. He is also a member of the Marine Archaeological Dive team

Noora Al-Hemaidi

Noora Al-Hemaidi

Research Assistant, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Noora's role on the project includes heritage management of the QNHER database , working within the post-excavation laboratory and archive co-ordination. Her research interests include the historical development of Qatar historical building of Qatar and trade development.

Alanood Almutawah

Alanood Almutawah

Research Assistant, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Alanood's role on the project includes heritage management of the QNHER database, working within the post-excavation laboratory and archive co-ordination. Her research interests include the early civilizations of Qatar and the Gulf, the historical buildings of Qatar and prehistoric stone tools.

Hameid Al-Manssori

Hameid Al-Manssori

Field Archaeologist and Site Monitor, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Hameid's role within the QNHER includes field survey, excavation and the monitoring of archaeological sites and monuments.

Himyan Al-Kuwari

Himyan Al-Kuwari

International Relations Officer, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Eoghan Kieran

Eoghan Kieran

Marine Geophysics Project Officer

Eoghan Kieran has a BA in Archaeology and History from University College Dublin and a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Ulster in Coleraine, specialising in high resolution marine geophysics. He has been working in the marine sector for over 15 years and during this time has worked with private industry and governmental bodies in a large number of countries. He is a qualified HSE part III commercial diver as well as a CMAS 2* Dive Instructor.

Lucie Dingwall

Lucie Dingwall

Consultant to the QNHER Project

Lucie specialises in the use of Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) for landscape archaeology, cultural resource management and in experimental applications of historic landscape characterisation techniques. Her role within the QNHER project is to provide advice on, and assist in the development of, the QNHER database system. Formerly a project manager and research fellow at the University of Birmingham, she now manages an Historic Environment Record in the UK. While also studying for an MPhil in the use of marine geophysics for the investigation of submerged landscapes off the northwest coast of Qatar.

Kate Bain

Kate Bain

Project Officer for the QNHER Project

Since graduating from the University of Bradford witha a BSc Hons in Archaeology, Kate has worked in both commercial and research archaeology, including mutidisciplinary terrestrial geophysics projects, both in the UK and abroad. Initially directing the archaeological excavations for the New Doha Port Project in 2011, she is about to undertake training in Marine Geophysics in order to collect further data from around the coast of Qatar.

Liam Delaney

Liam Delaney

GIS & QNHER Project Officer.

After graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in Archaeology, Liam went on to complete an MA in Professional and Applied Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. He has worked for a number of commercial units across the UK on a variety of sites. He now works for the QNHER collating and managing data for the Qatar HER. Liam is also the projects GIS technician and is a site supervisor for survey and during the excavation season.

Peter Spencer

Peter Spencer

Site Supervisor.

Peter graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MA in Professional and Applied Archaeology in 2011, after completing his undergraduate degree at the same institution. He has a varied background in commercial archaeology and has worked on a wide range of sites across the UK. During his first season with the QNHER in Qatar he has continued to expand on this experience working and is currently engaged as site supervisor. His role also includes primary desert survey, archiving, and data processing for the QNHER.

Aurea Izquierdo

Aurea Izquierdo

Field Surveyor and Archaeologist

Since June 2000 Áurea has worked extensively within the commercial and academic archaeological sectors over the past decade, working upon a wide variety of sites within Spain. During this time she has consistently expanded her experience within terrestrial archaeological field evaluation and excavation, archaeological survey, finds identification and PX work.  She has furthered this experience through study at the University of Alcala de Henares in Madrid, focusing on Prehistoric Archaeology and Social-Cultural Anthropology. She currently works within the QNHER project as an Archaeologist and Archaeological Field Surveyor as part of the QNHER Field team.

Robyn Pelling

Robyn Pelling

Terrestrial and Marine Archaeologist

After graduating with a BA in Archaeology with the University of Chester, Robyn began working in commercial archaeology, with a wide variety of projects across the UK. Robyn has supervised community projects for the National Trust, and devised archaeological community activities for Kettering Museum. She gained her Advanced PADI Diving qualifications whilst travelling. Robyn works with by the terrestrial and marine archaeology teams.

Claire Delahunty

Claire Delahunty

Field Archaeologist and Finds Assistant

Claire completed an undergraduate degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University before undertaking postgraduate study in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She works for the QNHER as a Field Archaeologist and Finds Assistant. As well as being a part of the field team undertaking survey and excavation projects, she helps to catalogue and archive the extensive finds collection. She is currently working on analysis of the QNHER's Islamic pottery assemblage.

Talfan Davies

Talfan Davies

Field Surveyor and Archaeologist

Talfan completed his undergraduate in Anthropology at the University of Otago in New Zealand before graduating with an MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East from UCL. His MA dissertation centered on the Ubaid Period settlements of Southern Mesopotamia and their relationship with delta resources. Talfan works for the QNHER as a Field Archaeologist, participating in field survey and excavation.

Hatem Arrok

Hatem Arrok

Prehistoric Archaeologist, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Hatem's role within the QNHER project is as a field surveyor and excavation supervisor. He is currently nearing the completion of his PhD studies into the Obsidian; its manufacture, distribution and technology.

Mortada Hamad Al-Niel

Mortada Hamad Al-Niel

Engineer, Department of Antiquities QMA.

Mortada works closely with the Urban Planning Department (UPD) and the General Serving Department (GSD) to monitor planning developments and their potential impact on the archaeological sites and monuments. Within the QNHER is in involved in the geophysics project, and survey support as well as acting as a liaison with the Qatar National Grid (QNG) and Qatar National Datum (QND).

Mousa Abdul Hamed

Mousa Abdul Hamed

Antiquities Technician, Department of Antiquities, QMA.

Mousa's role within the QNHER includes field survey, supervising excavations, and pre-impact assessment reports.

Khalafalla Yassen

Khalafalla Yassen

Researcher, Department of Antiquities QMA.

Khalafalla's role within the QNHER project includes field survey, supervising excavations, and pre-impact assessment reports.

Sinan Alnaoymy

Sinan Alnaoymy

Archaeologist, Department of Antiquities QMA.

Sinan's role within the QNHER includes field survey and the supervision of excavations.

Simon Fitch

Simon Fitch

Research Fellow in Marine Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.

Simon specialises in the research of submerged archaeological landscapes and the application and interpretation of marine geophysical survey data. He is particularly interested in the application of seismic survey to archaeological areas. His research into submerged palaeolandscapes worldwide has resulted in several scientific papers as well as international media interest. Based in Birmingham, Simon heads the analysis of the Marine Geophysics data from the Arabian Gulf.
See Simon's profile on the University of Birmingham website

Howell Roberts

Howell Roberts

Field Project Officer based in Qatar for six months a year with the QNHER.

Howell works on environmental impact assessments, field survey, excavation, and the collating of documentary sources for inclusion in the QNHER. For the rest of the year, he is Head of Fieldwork at the Institute of Archaeology based in Reykjavik, Iceland. His research interests include late iron-age burial practice, and medieval trade networks.

Óskar Gísli Sveinbjarnarson

Óskar Gísli Sveinbjarnarson

Field Archaeologist and head of the Geophysics team in Qatar for six months of the year with the QNHER.

Óskar has an Mlitt in Aerial Photography and Geophysics. His main areas of interest are the analysis of remotely sensed data, aerial photography and geophysical survey techniques.

David Meier

David Meier

Survey and Excavation Team.

David is a Near Eastern archaeologist and has participated in research projects in Syria, Iran, Qatar and Germany. His masters thesis concentrated on third millennium metal artefacts from south-east Iran. His role on the project is as part of the surveying and excavation teams.

Deniz Yaşin Meier

Deniz Yaşin Meier

Pottery Specialist.

Deniz is a Near Eastern archaeologist and has participated in research projects in Turkey, Nakhicevan, Syria and Qatar. She is a part time Phd Student at the University of Bern, Switzerland specialising in Middle Bronze Age pottery from Turkey and Mesopotamia. Deniz is the pottery specialist for the project and is also part of the surveying and excavation teams.

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze

Archaeological landscapes and GIS supervisor for IBM VISTA at the University of Birmingham.

Paul’s responsibilities involve the use of GIS in archaeological research and prospection, and archaeological geophysical survey. His recent work has largely been devoted to VISTA’s ongoing programme of remote prospection for potential archaeological sites within the terrestrial and marine environments of the state of Qatar.
See Paul's profile on the King's College London website

Helen Moulden

Helen Moulden

Research Associate in Artefact Scanning, Modelling and Reconstruction for IBM VISTA and Birmingham Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.

Helen specialises in the application of 3D scanning technologies, with particular focus on the convergence of 3D object representations and digital archiving as a means to enhance accessibility and research practices.
See Helen's profile on the University of Birmingham website

Jacky Sommerville

Jacky Sommerville

Field surveyor and archaeologist for the project.

Jacky has a background in commercial archaeology and has also participated in research excavations in Spain. She holds a BSc in Archaeology and Palaeoecology from Queens University, Belfast and a MA in Human Origins from the University of Southampton.

Naomi Joliffe

Naomi Joliffe

Field surveyor and archaeologist for the project.

Naomi recently graduated from The University of Exeter with a BA in Archaeology. She has participated in research excavations in the UK and Brazil.

Kirsten Amor

Kirsten Amor

Field surveyor and archaeologist for the project.

Kirsten writes publicity and outreach articles for the project and has recently submitted to Current World Archaeology and Marharba. She has recently graduated from Reading University with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History and has also participated in research excavations in the UK and Jordan.

Alison Dingle

Alison Dingle

Survey Team.

Alison is a PhD candidate of the English Department at Birmingham, but has a longstanding interest in Middle Eastern Archaeology. Her PhD is on nineteenth century Palestine. She first worked in Jordan in 1997, where she set herself the challenge of learning to speak and read Arabic. More recently however she worked on field projects in Sharjah and in Yemen, where she took the opportunity to study Arabic more thoroughly. She joined the Birmingham project last year as a member of the survey team, but this season she also began the task of translating the survey manual into Arabic.

Helen Williams

Helen Williams

Micromorphology specialist

Helen is currently studying at York University for her PhD in the Micromorphology of Human inhumations. Helen joined the QNHER team for the 2010 field season and was involved in sediment mapping and sampling. Helens interest include the use of space within both permanent and temporary shelters, anthropogenic use/movement within the landscape and the effect of post depositional processes.

Luca Belforetti

Luca Belforetti

Marine Archaeology PhD Student at University of Birmingham.

Luca is currently studying for his Phd. His topic involves Investigating submerged landscapes and archaeology and marine geophysics in both the waters of Qatar and Oman. For the QNHER project this season, Luca organised the land based logisitcs and equipment for the Marine Investigations as well as being part of the archaeological diving team

Konstantina Vafeiadou

Konstantina Vafeiadou

Marine Archaeologist

Konstantina holds a degree from the National University of Athens in Archeology. Subsequently she has graduated from the Southern University of Denmark in 2008 with an MA in Maritime Archaeology and she holds a commercial diving license. Konstantina has gained experience in several underwater and land excavations. Furthermore, she has worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, supervising underwater excavations. For the New Doha Port Project in 2011 Konstantina has been part of the archeological diving team.

Project Personnel

Mousa Abdulhamed, Hatem Arrok, Kirsten Amor Rebecca Beardmore, Paul Breeze, Paul Collins, Richard Cuttler (Project Investigator), Fakhrieh Darabseh, Alison Dingle, Lucie Dingwall, Jemma Elliott, Simon Fitch, Ben Gearey, Paul Hatton, Noora Khalaf Al-Hemadi, Tom Hill, Noami Jolliffe, Shane Kelleher, Mariam Al-Khouater, Himyan J. Al-Kuwari, Ibrahim Al-Mansouri, Leslie Mather, Seham S. Al-Mazroai, Fatima Qassim Merekhan, Helen Moulden, David Meier, Deniz Meier, Alanood Yousef Al-Mutawha, Faisal Al-Naimi (Project Investigator), Saad Al-Naimi, Saif Al-Naimi, Umeer Sabah Al-Naimi, Mortada H. Al-Niel, Rema Nognog, Eleanor Ramsey, Howell Roberts, Mohammed Sadeq, Mohammed Saoud Al-Shafi, Helen Stokes, David Stott, Óskar Gísli Sveinbjarnarson, Monir Taha, Emma Tetlow, Andy Thomas, Khalafalla Yassen.

The development of the project would not have been possible without the support and vision of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani (Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Qatar Museums Authority),His Excellency Sheikh Hasan Bin Mohammed Al-Thani (Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Qatar Museums Authority),Mr. Mansour Al Khater (CEO of the Qatari Museums Authority) and Mr. Faisal Al-Naimi (Head of the Department of Antiquities).Thank you also to Mr. Khalid S. Al-Rumaihi (Qatar Petroleum Manager Exploration and PSA Development) and Mr. Jep Brink  (Managing Director Maersk Oil Qatar).We would also like to thank the following people for their assistance with the project, Saleh H. Tayani, Dana M. A. Al Malki (Qatar Museums Authority), Jakob Thomasen, Esbern Hoch, Jeppe Nygaard, Radmila Pedersen-Tatalovic, Frans Van Buchem (Maersk Oil, Qatar), Darwish S. Ahmed, Ghanem Abdulla Mohammed (Environment Department), Jacques Leblanc (Qatar Petroleum), Jeremy Jameson, David Puls (Exxon Mobil), Muntaser Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Zo’ubi (Centre for GIS), Othmane Bouhali (Texas A&M University at Qatar), Paul Hatton (IT services, University of Birmingham), and Phillip Macumber. Many thanks to Vince Gaffney for his support and guidance throughout the project.