Dr Paul Wordsworth is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford specializing in the archaeology of the medieval Caucasus and Central Asia, with a particular interest on the northeastern fringes of the early Islamic world. He is currently directing two archaeological projects: one explores the remains of a frontier city of the early Islamic Caliphate in Azerbaijan, the other is a new project with the Metropolitan Museum in New York to examine the emergence of a medieval Silk Road town in the desert of Turkmenistan. He has also carried out extensive archaeological fieldwork in the Near East and Central Asia and received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen on medieval Central Asian trade routes and travel. His forthcoming book, Moving in the Margins: Desert Travel and Power in Medieval Central Asia explores the complex relationship between movement, trade, politics and society that lies behind the development of medieval networks of travel in the region.
Eberhard Sauer has studied Archaeology and Ancient History at the Universities of Tübingen, Freiburg i.Br. and Oxford. After completing his Master of Studies and Doctorate at Oxford, he taught at the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at Leicester from 1999 to 2001. He then returned as a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow to Oxford (2001- 2003). Since 2003 he has been a Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at Edinburgh University’s School of History, Classics & Archaeology, since 2006/07 a Reader and since 2008 a Professor. He has directed and co-directed fieldwork at Dariali Fort in Georgia (2013-2016, with Professor Konstantin Pitskhelauri and others), on the Gorgan Wall and other archaeological sites in Iran (2005-2016, with Dr. Jebrael Nokandeh, Hamid Omrani Rekavandi and others), at the Roman fortress and town of Alchester (1996-2004) and at Iron Age Aves Ditch (1997- 1998) in Britain. His publications include books on Dariali: the ‘Caspian Gates’ in the Caucasus (forthcoming 2020, with Lana Chologauri and others), Sasanian Persia (edited, 2017), Persia’s Imperial Power in Late Antiquity (2013, with Hamid Omrani Rekavandi and others), Linear Earthwork, Tribal Boundary and Ritual Beheading: Aves Ditch from the Iron Age to the Early Middle Ages (2005), Coins, Cult and Cultural Identity: Augustan coins, hot springs and the early Roman baths at Bourbonne-les-Bains (2005), Archaeology and Ancient History: breaking down the boundaries (edited, 2004), The Archaeology of Religious Hatred (2003) and The End of Paganism (1996).
Emanuele E. Intagliata
Emanuele E. Intagliata is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet, Aarhus University, Denmark) – a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. He has published extensively on the evolution of cities, Roman frontiers, and fortifications, focusing particularly on the Syrian steppe (Palmyra), northwest Anatolia (Tzanica), and western Georgia (Lazica). His book, ‘Palmyra after Zenobia’ (Oxbow 2018), explores the history and archaeology of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra between the fall of Zenobia and the collapse of the Umayyad dynasty (AD 273–750), and, in particular, its crucial role in the defence of the Syrian section of the Roman eastern frontier in Late Antiquity. Currently, he is collaborating with colleagues from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Davit Naskidashvili) and the Georgian National Museum (Prof. Revaz Papuashvili) to throw light on urban settlement patterns and trade networks along the Rioni river in the Medieval period.