Introduction to Letters from the Sands


  • Jose C. Carvajal Lopez UCL, Qatar





In the inaugural issue of the Journal of Islamic Archaeology our editor, Bethany Walker, opened on a very positive and optimistic note, to which I am happy to subscribe. In that address she also mentioned the forthcoming launch of the blog Letters From the Sands, which is the topic of this short note.

Author Biography

Jose C. Carvajal Lopez, UCL, Qatar

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 in 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).






How to Cite

Lopez, J. C. C. (2015). Introduction to Letters from the Sands. Journal of Islamic Archaeology, 1(2), 119–129.