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Arab News story about the Dhow Exhibition and Red Sea V Conference.

Programme and abstracts are available here.


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Welcome to Red Sea V

The Conference programme and Abstracts of conference papers are available here.

The Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies hosted the latest event in the Red Sea Project conference series – the premier forum for the archaeology, anthropology, history, and languages of the Red Sea region. Previous conferences have been held at the British Museum and the University of Southampton.

After a focus at the 2008 conference on the Red Sea’s terrestrial hinterlands, Red Sea V brought the conference back to the sea itself, and to the theme of life lived on and from the marine environment in all periods.

Papers presented focused on subjects such as:

It is the Organising Committee’s intention to publish papers given at the conference as part of a proceedings monograph – subject to normal academic peer-review processes. The proceedings of previous conferences have been published in the Society for Arabian Studies Monographs Series, part of the BAR New International series published by Archaeopress.

The conference coincided with the opening of the Dhow Exhibition,  held within the gallery spaces of the Institute. In addition to the conference sessions, delegates had the option of attending a conference dinner, and had ample opportunity to socialise in and visit the city of Exeter, incl. during the organized sightseeing boat-trip on the river Exe.

The organising committee comprises Professor Dionsius A. Agius, Dr John P. Cooper, Dr Chiara Zazzaro, Mr Julian Jansen van Rensburg, Ms Lucy Semaan and Ms Beata Faracik. For further information please write to