A Mosque in Madagascar

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Meet the academic committee

A Professor of Archaeology at the University of York, Dr. Wynne-Jones’ research focusses on East African urbanism, material culture and social practice. She is a University Research Champion for Culture and Communication, and coordinator of the York Africa Research Network. Dr Wynne-Jones is a member of the core group of the Centre for Urban Networks Evolutions at Aarhus University and is a Trustee and Governing Council member of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. In 2015 she was awarded a Pro Futura Scientia fellowship at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and spent two years in residence in Uppsala. Dr Wynne-Jones is also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a recently elected member of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists executive committee.

Professor Timothy Insoll is an archaeologist and Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic archaeology at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS). His research interests are in later African archaeology (Iron Age) and Global Islamic archaeology.  He is the Director of the Centre for Islamic Archaeology (CfIA) in the IAIS which he founded in 2017. Under the auspices of the CfIA, he was founding host of the inaugural Indian Ocean World Archaeology Conference in January 2020. Additionally Professor. Insoll is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Honorary Archaeological Advisor to the Court of the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain (since 2001), and Honorary Lecturer, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Management, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Professor Derek Kennet is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. He researches the archaeology of the Gulf and Indian Ocean from prehistoric times to the modern period, but particularly during the Sasanian and Islamic periods. He has conducted fieldwork in many countries in the region, including the UAE, Oman, Kuwait and India. His current research is looking at the development of Indian Ocean trade between China and the Islamic Middle East from the Tang to the early Ming period. On this he is collaborating with the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Professor Lambourn is a historian of South Asia and the Indian Ocean world at DeMontfort University, specializing in cultural exchanges with the Middle East before 1500 with research interests including exploring material culture through writing and mercantile material culture. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute and has was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College from 2012 to 2019. Since 2019 she has been a member of the Editorial Board for the Medieval Globe. 

Dr. Annabel Teh Gallop is Lead Curator for Southeast Asia at the British Library, with a particular interest in Malay manuscripts and the maritime aspect of Southeast Asia. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and co-directed the research project ‘Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean’. Her Ph.D. study was on Malay seals, and current research focusses on the art of the Qur’an in the Indian Ocean world.

A research associate at the University of Durham, Dr. Zhang’s research focusses on the trade of Chinese ceramics via maritime movement in the western Indian Ocean. Through this study he has used 125 kiln sites and 140 coastal sites to build a chronological development of Chinese traded ceramics. Additionally, he has participated as a research member of the national project of China looking at traded ceramics and the Palace Museum and Zhejaing Provincial Museum in 2011.

Professor Horton is a Professor of Archaeology and Director of Research at the Royal Agricultural Collage and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol. His research interests span across the globe but are mainly focussed on historical archaeology and looks at subjects such as spread of religion, colonialism and slavery. He is additionally notable for his media work, especially in television and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities.