Future events

Beatrice de Cardi Lecture

21st September 2023

The International Association of Arabia is organizing its annual Beatrice de Cardi lecture on 21 September at 17.45 (BST)  at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London WIJ 0BE.

If any members of the Bahrain Society would like to attend in person please send an email to contact@theiasa.com  by 15 September. 

To attend by Zoom, please register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkc-ioqz4sHtXXpicRc5JBh_Aq-4ZTGKeG

The lecture

Although the earlier periods of Bahraini archaeology were well-investigated, notably Dilmun and ‘Tylos’, that of the Islamic era had been comparatively neglected. To redress this, the Anglo-Bahraini ‘Early Islamic Bahrain’ project was initiated in 2001 and is now one of the longest continuously running archaeological projects in the Arabian Gulf. Initial excavations were in the Bilad al-Qadim area, the former Abbasid capital on Awal, the main island, and the results of these will be described and contextualized in their wider regional and international contexts, as will those from subsequent research on the Islamic gravestones of Bahrain (pre-1900), and from excavations in Muharraq Town, and in the oldest extant ceramics workshop in the village of A’ali. The establishment of the site museum at the Al-Khamis Mosque, and the investigation of a Christian building in the village of Samahij (6th to 8th centuries AD), the first found in Bahrain, will also be considered, and the work of students involved in the project highlighted. Finally, the future directions for the project will be outlined.

The lecturer

Professor Timothy Insoll FBA is Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, where he is also founding director of the Centre for Islamic Archaeology. He has completed archaeological field projects in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mali, Saudi Arabia, and for many years in Bahrain where he is Honorary Archaeological Advisor to the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, HRH Sh. Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.  He has published extensively, including 11 monographs (one translated into Turkish and two into Persian), and 13 edited volumes and special issues of journals. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Society of Antiquaries and Royal Asiatic Society.

Annual Gala Dinner

24th October 2023

Please save the date of Tuesday, the 24th October 2023 for the Gala Dinner of your Society. This will be held in London with full details to follow.

Under the stewardship of our Chairman Mrs. Heather Harper, MBE and with full support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the evening will be a great opportunity to meet old friends, rekindle our affection for Bahrain and listen to an inspiring speaker.

The Committee looks forward to seeing many of you in October.