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Stephen McPhillips – University of Copenhagen

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Stephen McPhillips

My area of research is the archaeology and ceramic material culture of Islamic Syria and Jordan after 1000CE, with a particular focus on life in the rural environment. Living and working in Damascus between 2001 and 2004, I wrote my doctorate at the University of Sydney on material from the Syrian-French excavations in the Citadel of Damascus, the administrative and military powerbase of Islamic Syria from the later eleventh century onwards. I am currently investigating how human activity and adaptation to the non-urban landscape has changed in Islamic periods. My fieldwork projects in the Homs region of western Syria, in collaboration with the University of Durham, investigate rural settlement and water use in conjunction with the study of vertical-wheeled watermills, the best preserved group of such structures in Syria-Palestine being located on the Upper Orontes River in our survey area.