Department of African Studies

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies is engaged with scientific research based on the results of fieldwork, laboratory and archival-library studies in the field of archaeology, history, conservation and related sciences concerning the areas of cultures and civilizations developing in Africa, with a particular focus on the northern coast of the continent and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Department members:

Current field projects:

Egypt:
Ethiopia:
  • Debre Gergis; expedition head: dr Michela Gaudiello (PCMA UW)
Sudan:
  • Dongola; expedition head: dr hab. Artur Obłuski (PCMA UW)
  • El-Detti; expedition head: dr hab. Mahmoud El-Tayeb (PCMA UW)
  • El-Zuma; expedition head: dr hab. Mahmoud El-Tayeb (PCMA UW)
  • Ghazali; expedition head: dr hab. Artur Obłuski (PCMA UW)
  • Soba; expedition head: dr Mariusz Drzewiecki (PCMA UW)
  • Tanqasi; expedition head: dr hab. Mahmoud El-Tayeb (PCMA UW)
Tunisia:
  • Mustis; expedition head: Assoc. Prof. Tomasz Waliszewski (Faculty of Archaeology UW)

Current grant projects:

  • UMMA – Urban Metamorphosis of the community of a Medieval African capital city; ERC Starting Grant; P.I.: dr hab. Artur Obłuski
  • ArcheoCDN. Archeologiczne Centrum Doskonałości Naukowej/ Archaeological Centre of Scientific Excellence; Dialog grant; head of project: dr hab. Artur Obłuski
  • (Reading) African Palimpsest. The dynamics of urban and rural communities of Numidian and Roman Mustis (AFRIPAL); OPUS 19, panel: HS3; 2020/37/B/HS3/00348; P.I.: Assoc. Prof. Tomasz Waliszewski (Faculty of Archaeology UW)
    – scholarship holder affiliated with PCMA UW: mgr Julia Chyla
  • Histories Imprinted on Floors. Functioning of Households in Old Dongola after the Fall of Makuria in the Light of the Multielemental Analysis of Occupational Surfaces; PRELUDIUM 19, panel: HS3; 2020/37/N/HS3/01400; P.I.: mgr Maciej Wyżgoł
  • Soba – the heart of the kingdom of Alwa. The spatial organization of medieval capital city on the Blue Nile; OPUS 15, panel: HS3; 2018/29/B/HS3/02533; P.I.: dr Mariusz Drzewiecki
  • Taxation in late Roman Egypt through the prism of an unpublished tax-register (P.Giss.inv.58A-L) and related documents from the period of 4th to 6th century; SONATINA 2, panel: HS3; 2018/28/C/HS3/00338; P.I.: dr Marcin Kotyl