Visiting Scholars and Fellows


Dr Micaela Sinibaldi
CBRL Research Fellow (

Micaela Sinibaldi is a Medieval Archaeologist specialising in the material culture of the Middle East. For her current CBRL fellowship, she is researching on the subject of Islamic-period pottery in Petra, its role in understanding settlement in the region and its chronologically significant aspects. This phase of research follows her work on comparative studies on several Islamic-period assemblages and on the development of a local chronology based on both typological and scientific analysis and stratigraphy. The project aims at contributing to bridge an important gap, both chronological (the one concerning the later historical periods in Petra), and territorial (the one concerning the significance of the connection of the Petra Valley with its hinterland and neighboring regions).

Micaela holds a PhD from Cardiff University, where she submitted a thesis entitled Settlement in Crusader Transjordan, 1100-1189 (2014); she has been a post-doctoral fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2014/2015). She currently directs the CBRL-affiliated Islamic Bayda Project in Petra and has recently co-edited the volume Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant: the Archaeology and History of the Latin East (2016).

Dr Sarah Elliott
CBRL Research Fellow (

Sarah Elliott works as an environmental archaeologist specialising in phytolith analysis, micromorphology, portable x-ray fluorescence, spherulite analysis (including smear slide analysis) and ethnoarchaeology. She holds a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MSc in Geoarchaeology from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the Neolithic of the Near East and her PhD investigated an integrated multi-scalar and multi-proxy approach to the identification and analysis of ancient faecal material.

As part of the CZAP project she investigated early animal management and secondary product use in Iraq and Iran through the identification of animal penning and microscopic signature of dung in Neolithic villages. She has also helped develop an ethnoarchaeological project investigating animal husbandry in Iraqi Kurdistan with a range of animal, plant and environmental data. In 2014-15 she worked as a Research Assistant on the INEA Project co-directed by Bournemouth University and the CBRL.The aim of the project was to integrate ethnographic investigation with phytolith and geochemical methods to identify activity areas and construction materials within settlements.

During here fellowship at the CBRL she will develop ethnoarchaeological projects. She will collect a modern dung reference collection in Jordan from a range of species, vegetation zones and in different seasons.  She will also collect additional data which will be analysed and then compared against the INEA results.


Past CBRL Fellows and Scholars at the British Insitute in Amman include:


Dr Oroub El AbedDr Jamie Allinson, Dr Alex BellemDr Francesca Burke, Dr Lucy Bennison-ChapmanDr Jennie Bradbury, Dr Michael G. Brown, Dr Paul Burtenshaw, Alison Damick, Dr Kay Dickinson, Allison Hartnett, Dr Christopher Harker, Dr Piotr Jacobbson, Shazia Jagot, Yusuke KawamuraProf. Christopher KnüselDr Phil LeechDr Ebtihal MahadeenDr Lisa MaherDr Simon Mills, Dr Marta Pietrobelli, Dr Claire Rambeau, Zoe-Louise Robinson, Dr Jehan Saleh, Stefan L. Smith, Dr Hanan Toukan, Dr Lucy WadesonDr Andrea Zerbini, Dr Tiffany Chezum, Reema Salha Fadda, Dr Vanessa Iaria, Dr Marlena Whiting.

Past British Institute Amman - Qasid Arabic Institute Scholars:

Craig Browne, Rachel Dryden, John Hayhurst, Dr Ahmad Khan, Dr Kevin James Lewis, Caelum Moffatt, Beckie Ryan, Claire Thong, Matthew Vickery, Jonathan Peters, Guy Eyre, Olivia Mason, Lauren Hayles.

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Lauren is the 2016 Autumn Qasid Scholar. She holds a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on everyday technologies in urban spaces in the Arab world, looking particularly at social performances of modernity and the anthropology of space and time. She has previously conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Beirut on automobility, its infrastructures and everyday practices, and its relationship to neoliberal-sectarianism in post-war Lebanon. Lauren is now in Amman focusing on improving her Arabic, and volunteering with an organisation providing psychosocial support to child refugees in Jordan, before embarking on doctoral study.