English / Arabic
My research background is in the archaeology of early Islamic Iran and Central Asia, from the 10th Century CE until the Mongol expansion of the 13th century. Much of my work lies in investigating the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to examine landscapes and trade within this region and timeframe. At present I am writing my doctoral thesis on routes, travel and trade between the medieval cities of Merv, Herat and Balkh, between the 10th-12th centuries. I currently run field survey in Turkmenistan as part of the Ancient Merv Project, with the aim to prospect for and investigate rural way-stations and caravanserais. Having completed my Masters at University College, London, I have also worked on commercial and academic projects in Central Asia, the Gulf, Lebanon and at various locations the UK.