Editorial Team


Bethany Walker is Director of the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology and Research Professor of Mamluk Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany. An archaeologist and historian, her research has been published in numerous American, European, and Middle Eastern journals in both fields. With over twenty years field experience in the eastern Mediterranean, she directs two long-term archaeological projects in Jordan (the Tall Hisban excavations and the Northern Jordan Project), and is affiliated with numerous others in the region. Her recent monographs include Jordan in the Late Middle Ages: Transformation of the Mamluk Frontier and her edited Reflections of Empire: Archaeological and Ethnographic Studies on the Pottery of the Ottoman Levant. Walker's research in recent years has focused on rural societies, the dynamics of state-village relations, medieval Islamic environmental and agricultural history, local resource management, and ceramic analysis (primarily transitional and coarse wares).

Book Review Editor and Field Reports/Blog

Dr Jose C. Carvajal Lopez is a specialist in the archaeology of al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia) and in pottery analysis. He has studied the early Islamic period in the Vega of Granada (south east Spain, 7th-11th centuries CE), mainly through morpho-typological and technological studies of pottery that include petrological and elemental analysis. He has also published about Islamisation and about the development of the archaeology of al-Andalus. Dr Carvajal Lopez is Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology at UCL Qatar. His work focuses on the archaeology of the early Islamic period in the Mediterranean, with interest in all kinds of cultural encounters, but particularly in Islamisation. He also enjoys getting involved in questions of relations between Archaeology and History and in theoretical thinking in Archaeology in general. Dr Carvajal Lopez has also developed projects in other areas of the Mediterranean: Butrint (Albania) in the Venetian-Ottoman period, Athens (Greece) in the early medieval period, Mytilene (Lesvos Island, Greece) in the Ottoman period and Palestine in the Byzantine-Islamic transition. He has collaborated with institutions in Spain, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Palestine, USA and Austria. In the years leading to his PhD, Dr Carvajal Lopez was involved in urban archaeology in Granada and in Madina Ilbira (Spain).

Editorial Board

  • Jaume Conesa, National Museum of Ceramics, Valencia, Spain
  • Sylvie Denoix, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris), France
  • Asa Eger, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, United States