My current research interests include the archaeology of Roman Cyrenaica and the development of a spatial-database for Libya’s cultural heritage.
I graduated from Benghazi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology (1984). I received an MA degree at the University of Leicester in 1994 and completed a PhD there in 2019. I directed two training long-running excavation projects in Libya, one at the ancient city of Tocra (1994–2011) and the other at the ancient site of Balagrae (2001–2006). Additionally, I participated in the rescue excavations in Eusperides conducted by the Society for Libyan Studies (1994–2006). My more recent work has focused on investigating the archaeological evidence for olive oil production in Cyrenaica (north-east Libya), with an attempt to establish the importance of this industry for the ancient Cyrenaican economy. I have been a tutor for the EAMENA training workshops carried out in Tunis in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Finding ways to tackle the unprecedented threat to Libyan heritage has become my top priority in recent years.
Field Archaeology, Economy of the Roman Cyrenaica.
Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, 6 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH