ICCROM-ATHAR Welcomes New Visiting Researcher
5 January 2016

ICCROM-ATHAR is pleased to welcome its new visiting researcher, Mr. Abdul-Hameed Al-Nassar from Kuwait, who will be assisting in research projects for ICCROM-ATHAR from 4 January to 29 February 2016.

Mr. Al-Nassar holds a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University, USA, with minors in Anthropology and Political Science. He is now concluding his Master’s studies in Anthropological Archaeology from Stony Brook University, USA. The focus of his thesis is on utilising GIS for the interpretation of the architectural development of rural housing in southern Iraq from the Sassanian to the Early Islamic period. His conservation experience stems from his documentation and conservation studies by ARCHiNOS Architecture and the Institute for Field Research at the “City of the Dead” in Cairo, Egypt. He also took part in the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage volunteering team at Qal’at Bahrain, and was involved in surveys in Jordan and excavations in Macedonia. During his studies in the USA, he was active within the heritage community, being a Young Professional Leaders (YPL) member at the Oriental Institute in the University of Chicago and a member of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Mr. Al-Nassar is currently in the process of establishing an archaeological society in Kuwait.

During his stay at ICCROM-ATHAR, he will assist in various projects, particularly in developing conservation guidelines for the UAE, an introductory GIS course, a two-day workshop on underwater archaeology, and conservation work at the Ad-Dour Temple in the Emirate of Umm Al-Quwain.