Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips graduated in 1980 from Edinburgh University where he studied prehistory and archaeology. In 1981 and 1982 he was employed by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture in the Sultanate of Oman as assistant to the archaeological adviser. Subsequently he conducted a number of projects throughout the 1980s in the United Arab Emirates, as well as taking part on projects in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq. Throughout the 1990s he taught at UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, specializing in the Archaeology of pre-Islamic Arabia. During this time he initiated a major project at Kalba, in Sharjah Emirate, not far from the Oman border, and also established the first British archaeological excavations in north Yemen. Since the beginning of the 1980s he has remained a frequent visitor to Oman and from 2006 to 2014 was the field director of the archaeological project focused on the site of Salut, conducted by the University of Pisa’s ‘Italian Mission to Oman’ (IMTO) and the Office of the Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs. In addition to archaeology and history he has a strong interest in the local cultures of the Arabian peninsula and has also written about aspects of its wildlife and vegetation, as well as the history of exploration in Arabia.

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