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Weapons of Arabia in ancient and modern times

2nd International Conference on the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula at Kuwait

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Weapons of Arabia in ancient and modern times 2nd International Conference on the Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula at Kuwait

The conference organized by the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters and CEFAS, will take place at Kuwait University (Shuwaikh)
Kuwait International Bank Hall
Kuwait City
25th and 26th of April 2017

An exhibit "Weapon trade in the Gulf through historical documents", will be displayed at Anthropology and Archaeology Museum and Laboratory, Room 223, just above the meeting hall, in the 2nd floor, from 9am - 5pm.

Conveners :
Guillaume Gernez (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Michel Mouton (Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales)
Sultan al-Dowais (National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters)
Hasan Ashkanany (Department of Sociology and Social Works, University of Kuwait)

The aim of this annual workshop is to create links between specialists, to build up a group of researchers and PhD students in ancient Arabia, focusing on topics related to the archaeology and ancient history in the region.

Each annual workshop takes place in Kuwait and is supported by both the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL, Ministry of Information) and the Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales (CEFAS), together with eventual partners.

The 2017 meeting is dedicated to weapons and weaponry in the Arabian Peninsula through the ages. Recent discoveries and long term research give a significant documentation allowing a first overview in terms of archaeology, history and art history.

The influences of periphery at the different periods, together with the ways of doing the war and the hunt in sedentary and nomadic societies bring about interesting dynamics in the evolution of this kind of objects. The available resources and the improving of the metallurgical technics are factors of changing.

The aim of the workshop is to describe these changing dynamics in relation with cultural constraints, to focus on the adaptability to the needs of the populations of Arabia, in a functional point of view but also in terms of prestige, power and social position.

The papers presented during the conference will be published in a book edited by NCCAL and CEFAS. On line publication will be edited by CEFAS side in Open Edition.

  • Program

April 25th

9 am
Opening : Guillaume Gernez, Michel Mouton, Sultan al-Dowais, Hasan Ashkanany

9.30 am
Oldest stone tools in Arabia : from hunting equipment to war weapons ?
Rémy Crassard
CNRS Archéorient, Lyon
remy.crassard@mom.fr

10 am
Weapons in rock-art
Majeed Khan
Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage
KhanMa@scta.gov.sa

10.30 am
Bronze Age weapons through Arabia

Guillaume Gernez
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Guillaume.Gernez@univ-paris1.fr

11 am Coffee break

11.30 am
Bronze Age Weapons from Levant at Tayma (KSA)

Alina Zur
Freie Universität Berlin / DAI, Germany
alinazur@zedat.fu-berlin.de

12 pm
South-eastern Arabia’s earliest metallic arrowheads ‒ minority report

Paul Yule (in collaboration with Burkhart Vogt)
Heidelberg University, Germany
paul.yule@t-online.de

12.30 pm End of morning session

1 pm Lunch time

3 pm
Functional and Behavioural Choices behind the Late Bronze-Iron Age Weaponry Designs of Southeast Arabia

Can Askoy
University College of London, Doha, Qatar
o.aksoy@ucl.ac.uk

3.30 pm
Weapon-use in the Early and Late Iron Age Central Oman

Guillaume Gernez and Paul Yule
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Guillaume.Gernez@univ-paris1.fr
Heidelberg University, Germany
paul.yule@t-online.de

4 pm Coffee break

4.30 pm
Metal analysis from copper/bronze weapons found in Sultanate of Oman

Julie Goy and Guillaume Gernez
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
juliegoy@hotmail.fr

5 pm Discussion and end of the afternoon session

April 26th

9 am Morning session

9.30 am
The Bronze, Iron and Bimetallic weapons of the early Iron Age from Saruq al-Hadid, Dubai

Kristina Franke (speaker), Charlotte Cable, Lloyd Weeks, Ivan Stepanov
University of New England, Australia
kfranke@une.edu.au, ccable@une.edu.au, lweeks2@une.edu.au, istepano@myune.edu.au
Yaaqoub Yousif Al Ali
Archaeology Section, Architectural Heritage Department, Dubai Municipality, UAE
Mansour Boraik Radwan
Archaeology Section, Architectural Heritage Department, Dubai Municipality, Dubai, UAE
MBKARIM@dm.gov.ae

10 am
PIR period weaponry from Mleiha and ed-Dur (U.A.E.), a status quaestionis

Bruno Overlaet
Royal Museums of Arts and History, Brussels, Antiquity Department
Bruno.overlaet@gmail.com

10h30 Coffee break

11 am
Weapons in South-Arabian inscriptions

Alessia Prioletta
CNRS
Alessia.PRIOLETTA@cnrs.fr

11.30 am
Bows and archery in Arabia and beyond according to the Kitāb Manāhiǧ al-Surūr of ’Abd al-Qādir al-Fākihī (d. 1574)

Abbès Zouache
CNRS, Lyon, France
abbes.zouache@ish-lyon.cnrs.fr

12 pm
The Omani Saif

Vincenzo Clarizia
Italia
v.clarizia@email.it

12.30 pm End of morning session

1 pm Lunch time

3 pm
Weapons during portuguese period in the Gulf (16th century) [in Arabic]

Mohammed Hamid al-Salman
Bahrein - Researcher
alnasfa1842@hotmail.com

3.30 pm
Arm traffic between Muscat and Kuwait during Mubarak Reign (1896 – 1915)

Mohammad al-Habib
Kuwait
m_e_alhabib@yahoo.com

4 pm Final discussion and end of the conference

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