Advisory Board


Graeme Barker is Disney Professor of Archaeology Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. His extensive archaeological field experience includes directing multi-period and multi-disciplinary investigations in Jordan, Libya and currently at Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Elizabeth Fentress is a visiting professor at UCL who has directed major projects in Italy and North Africa. She is responsible for two important digital projects; the Fasti Online, and the North African Heritage Archives Network (NAHAN).
Abdulameer Al-Hamdani was a member of the EAMENA project until appointment in 2018 as Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities in Iraq. Honorary Fellow at Durham University-Department of Archaeology. Anthropological Archaeologist specialised in Near Eastern and Mesopotamia. Areas of interest include landscape Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, and Ethnography. From research work, has contributed 14,000 records of Iraqi archaeological sites to the EAMENA database.
Kevin MacDonald holds a PhD from Cambridge (1994) and is Professor of African Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Programme Chair of UCL African Studies. He has directed fieldwork in Mali and Mauritania for more than 25 years, covering a wide range of subjects ranging from early agriculture, state formation and urban origins, to interdisciplinary work on historical archaeology and oral traditions. Since 2012 he has been involved with preserving and recording Mali’s archaeological heritage in a time of conflict.
Michael C. A. Macdonald is a Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He studies the languages, scripts and inscriptions of ancient Arabia, along with the rock art and the history of the nomads. He has lived in Jordan and worked there and in Syria and Saudi Arabia.
Roger Matthews is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Reading, and President of RASHID International (Research, Assessment, Safeguarding the Heritage of Iraq in Danger). He was previously Director and Chairman of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, and Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. With Dr Wendy Matthews, he is Co-Director of the Central Zagros Archaeological Project, investigating the origins of settled farming life in the Zagros mountains of western Iran and eastern Iraq, 10,000–7000 BC.
Colin Renfrew holds a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. After lecturing in Archaeology at Sheffield and then Southampton he was Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge from 1981 to 2004. He continues to excavate in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and sits in the House of Lords as Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.
Eleanor Robson is Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History, UCL, with a particular focus on Iraq, and Head of the UCL History Department. She directs the AHRC-GCRF-funded Nahrein Network, which supports locally-led research on the role of heritage, history and the humanities in fostering sustainable social and economic growth in post-conflict Iraq and its neighbours.
Heather Viles is Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford and Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Art, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA). Her main research interests are in the interactions between ecological and geomorphological processes, rock weathering and the application of geomorphological techniques to heritage conservation. She is currently carrying out research with the Getty Conservation Institute on evaluating sandstone conservation treatments, and on the conservation of earthen heritage on the Silk Road.
Dr Susan Walker FSA is an Emerita Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She was Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum from 2004–2014 and President of the Society for Libyan Studies from 2012–2016. She is Co-PI of Libyan Antiquities at Risk.

Judith McKenzie † was Director of Manar al-Athar. She was a University Research Lecturer in the Faculties of Oriental Studies and Classics at the University of Oxford. She was Principal Investigator on the ERC Advanced project Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage.

The Faculty of Classics announced, with great regret, the passing of Dr Judith McKenzie, Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded ‘Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage’-project, on Monday 27 May.