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6 January 2003

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the articles entitled "First Stone Age Flints found in Abu Dhabi" which appeared in Gulf News, and an article in Arabic about the Airport archaeological site (Source: Al Ittihad).

8 January 2003

Added a new section to the website with photographs of the new fossils discovered near Ruwais, including an almost complete elephant tusk.

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the articles entitled "
Fossil tusk stuns experts" which appeared in Gulf News, "Largest elephant tusk found" which appeared in Khaleej Times, and an article in Arabic "8 million year old elephant tusk discovered" which was published in Al Bayan.

13 January 2003

Added December 2002 newsletter to the website.

15 January 2003

Added new Google search option to the website.

18 January 2003

Added new links on the ADIAS Press page to articles published in the U.K. about the discovery of the 8 million year old elephant tusk at Ruwais.

23 February 2003

Added new article to ADIAS publications page:

Hogarth, P. and M. Beech.  2002. An archaeological perspective on the development and exploitation of mangroves in the United Arab Emirates. In: Salim Javid and Amrita G. de Soyza (eds.), Research and Management Options for Mangrove and Salt Marsh Ecosystems - Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium and Workshop on Arid Zone Environments (22-24 December 2001, Abu Dhabi, UAE). Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), Abu Dhabi, UAE. pp.196-198.

25 February 2003

Updated the ADIAS team list, and added new online links on the ADIAS Press page to stories about the Ruwais elephant tusk which appeared on various websites in Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Hungary, Russia and Venezuela (!).


30 March 2003

Karen Cooper joined ADIAS as the new administrative assistant, and replacement for Ingrid Barcelo who is now employed on a fulll-time basis by the Terrestrial Environment Research Centre (TERC) within the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA).


4 April 2003

Added new article to ADIAS publications page:

Beech, M.  2002.  Fishing in the ‘Ubaid: a Review of Fish-bone Assemblages from Early Prehistoric Coastal Settlements in the Arabian Gulf. Journal of Oman Studies 12: 25-40.

15 April 2003

Added the
March 2003 newsletter to the website.

19 April 2003


Tanya Atkinson joined ADIAS on a temporary contract to provide assistance with ongoing work on the ADIAS sites database, GIS system and mapping.

8 May 2003

Updated the design of the website home page. The site is now a no-frames site. This simplifies access to the contents of the website. All the ADIAS newsletters can now be downloaded from the newsletter page. New details have been added to the ADIAS team page in the form of photographs, web links and email addresses. There is now a new section of the website called Projects, which provides links to images and reports of ongoing work by ADIAS.

9 May 2003

A new link has been added to the ADIAS press page about a press article in Time Out Abu Dhabi detailing our recent work on Late Miocene fossils at Ruwais.

21 May 2003

Added downloadable copy of a leaflet produced by ADIAS about the archaeological site at the Al Ghazal Golf Club (Adobe acrobat pdf file - 185 Kb) to the Projects page.

6 June 2003

Added downloadable articles on the ADIAS publications page.

11 June 2003

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the article entitled "ADIAS completes mapping Abu Dhabi treasure island" which appeared in Gulf News.

13 June 2003

Added new sites on the ADIAS Web Links page to the international archaeology news websites: Archaeologica and Moreover's Archaeology News.

20 June 2003

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the article entitled A window to Abu Dhabi's fascinating past which appeared in the Insight column in Gulf News.

30 June 2003

Added the
June 2003 newsletter to the website.

1 July 2003

Added new page with a compilation of pictures of Miocene proboscids, which we are using to help build a model of Stegotetrabelodon syrticus, the Late Miocene elephant which once lived in Abu Dhabi 6-8 million years ago. This is being built in collaboration with Abdul Hafeez Aziz and his team, with consultation from Dr. Mark Beech, Will Higgs and Nigel Larkin.


5 July 2003

Added details of a new publication to the ADIAS publications page - Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates. The volume is co-edited by ADIAS Executive Director, Peter Hellyer, and features eight papers by ADIAS team members highlighting some of the recent research we have carried out. For more details click here.

17-19 July 2003

ADIAS staff (Peter Hellyer and Dr. Mark Beech) and associates (Dr. Rob Carter, Vincent Charpentier, and Dr. Heiko Kallweit) presented papers about ADIAS work at the Seminar for Arabian Studies, held at the British Museum in London.

On Friday 18th July there was the official launch of the publication of the Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates at a reception hosted by the Seminar for Arabian Studies and Trident Press. For more details click here.

August 2003

Added new links to press articles.

27-29 September 2003

Dr. Mark Beech and Karen Cooper from ADIAS make a visit to Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. During the visit they met representatives from the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture, the Natural History Museum, the Department of Archaeology at Sultan Qaboos University, and the Bait Al Zubair Museum.


29 September 2003

Dr. Mark Beech gave a lecture entitled "Recent Palaeontological and Archaeological Discoveries in Abu Dhabi" to the Historical Association of Oman in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

1 October 2003

Two external websites now have new links to ADIAS: a News from Abu Dhabi page has been added to the Department of Archaeology website at the University of York, and the Department of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) now has a new link page.

2 October 2003

Updated the website with press stories which appeared during the summer.

7 October 2003

Dr. Mark Beech gave a lecture to the Emirates Natural History Group at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi from 8-9.30 p.m. The lecture was entitled "Elephants in the Desert: discovery of a new Late Miocene fossil site at Ruwais, Western Region of Abu Dhabi".

10 October 2003

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the article entitled "A Plunge into the Past" by Anjana Sankar which appeared in the Khaleej Times Weekend magazine.

11 October 2003

Dr. Mark Beech gave a lecture to students at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. The lecture was entitled "The Environmental History of Abu Dhabi Emirate: a palaeontological and archaeological perspective".

16 October 2003

Added new web page about the building of the scale model of a 'Stegotetrabelodon syrticus', a primitive 4-tusked elephant which lived in Abu Dhabi some 6-8 million years ago. This model is being built by Abdul and Izhar Hafeez from the Private Department, and will form part of an exhibition of Miocene fossils due to be held in Abu Dhabi early in 2004.

18 October 2002

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the articles entitled When Rivers ran through Ancient Arabia by Patricia Groves and Windows that Open to the Past, an interview with ADIAS Senior Resident Archaeologist, Dr. Mark Beech, by Aruna Shaji (Source: Oman Observer).

26 October 2003

Added new pictures of the model of a 'Stegotetrabelodon syrticus'.

6 November 2003


Added the November 2003 newsletter to the website.

8 November 2003

Updated the link to the website of the National Museum of Saudi Arabia on the ADIAS links page.


22 November 2003

Added new clickable map of archaeology of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. This includes links to pages on ADIAS projects, as well as to other important archaeological sites and areas in the UAE, and Musandam (Sultanate of Oman).

20 November 2003

Added new radiocarbon dates for site MR11 on Marawah island to the ADIAS radiocarbon archive. Also added grouped distribution plots of the radiocarbon dates.


7 December 2003

Added updated pictures to the web page about the building of the scale model of a 'Stegotetrabelodon syrticus', a primitive 4-tusked elephant which lived in Abu Dhabi some 6-8 million years ago. This model is being built by Abdul and Izhar Hafeez from the Private Department, and will form part of an exhibition of Miocene fossils due to be held in Abu Dhabi early in 2004.

9 December 2003

Added link on the ADIAS Press page to a new ADIAS press release about Ancient Elephant Footprints discovered in Abu Dhabi's Western Region - part 1 and part 2 (Source: WAM)
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Peter Hellyer (ADIAS Executive Director) and Dr Mark Beech (ADIAS Senior Resident Archaeologist) attended the opening of the "Images from the Past - ADCO's Emirates History and Heritage Photography Exhibition", held at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi.

10 December 2003


Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the articles entitled
"Elephant footprints discovered in Western Abu Dhabi" which appeared in Khaleej Times and "Fossilised footprints of elephants discovered"
which appeared in Gulf News
.

14 December 2003

Peter Hellyer (ADIAS Executive Director), Dr Mark Beech (ADIAS Senior Resident Archaeologist) and Simon Aspinall (ADIAS Environmental Studies Unit Director) attended the 40th Anniversary of the First Crude Oil Shipment from Abu Dhabi gala celebration, which was held at the Hiltonia Garden Arena in Abu Dhabi.

16 December 2003

The new book by ADIAS on the Late Islamic period sulphur mines at Jebel Dhanna was officially launched at the "40th Anniversary of the First Crude Oil Shipment from Abu Dhabi" reception, which was held at the Jebel Dhanna refinery. A copy of the book was presented to His Excellency Yousef Omair Bin Yousef, Secretary-General of the Supreme Petroleum Council and Chief Executive Officer of ADNOC by Peter Hellyer (ADIAS Executive Director), Dr Mark Beech (ADIAS Senior Resident Archaeologist) and Simon Aspinall (ADIAS Environmental Studies Unit Director). For more details about the new book click here.

17 December 2003


Read a story about the Mleisa elephant fossil footprints which appeared in the Saudi Arabian newspaper "Al Okaz" today.

Visit the ADIAS Press page and read the articles entitled
"
New book on Jebel Dhanna sulphur mines launched" which appeared on the Uaeinteract.com website, and "
Tracing the history of mining" which appeared in Gulf News.

29 December 2003

Added details of the archaeological survey carried out by ADIAS between the 21-22 December 2003 of the island of Bazm al-Gharbi to the archaeology of Abu Dhabi and the UAE section of the website.

30 December 2003

Added two very useful websites in the Maps & GIS in the UAE section on the ADIAS Links page. These are United Arab Emirates (UAE) Waypoints stored on the
Wayhoo.com website, and Carl "Calle" Rosenberg's Global Gazeteer - which includes the United Arab Emirates - This site enables you to select a place name in the UAE and get an instant location map, as well as the co-ordinates, elevation, and even the local weather forecast!

 


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