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Researcher: archaeology of North Arabia in the Iron Age

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UMR8167-JERROH-002
Workplace : IVRY SUR SEINE
Date of publication : Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 6 months
Expected date of employment : 6 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2700 and 4200 euros gross according to experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


Under the supervision of the director of the DADAN project, the researcher will carry out the excavation, monitoring and publication of an area of the archaeological site of Dadan, Saudi Arabia – the main Iron Age city in northwestern Arabia. He/she will also assist the director in the preparation of the excavation campaigns and the management of excavation data (database, GIS).


Technical and scientific activities
- Assist the director in the definition and implementation of the excavation plan;
- Supervise the excavation of one of the main areas of the site (about two months of fieldwork per year), and lead a team composed of two to three archaeologists, about fifteen workers and possibly several Saudi students;
- Write a detailed report on the results of the excavation, for the funders of the project;
- Contribute to the management of the documentation and archives of the project (database, GIS);
- Write or contribute to scientific publications about the project (articles, conferences, seminars);
- Contribute to the editorial review of the team's reports.

Training Activities
- Participate in the training of French and Saudi students in field archaeology;

- Contribute to the preparation of the field seasons, in collaboration with the project director and manager (assessment of needs, timetable, etc.).


- PhD in archaeology;
- Extensive experience as field director or area supervisor on rescue or programmed excavations;
- Very good knowledge of softwares commonly used in archaeology: CAD, GIS, photogrammetry, databases;
- Fluent oral and written English (minimum level C1);
- Ability to lead a team in the field and to train technicians and/or students in a foreign linguistic and cultural context;
- Scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
- Excavation experience in the Middle East, if possible in the Arabian Peninsula, would be desirable;
- Knowledge of Arabic not required but would be desirable.

Work Context

The Dadan Archaeological Project (DAP) aims to survey and excavate the ancient city of Dadan, in the oasis of al-Ula (northwestern Saudi Arabia). In the Iron Age, Dadan was the capital of the first great North-Arabian kingdom and a major hub on the "incense road" linking South Arabia to the Mediterranean and Mesopotamia. The project is hosted by UMR (Research Unit) 8167 of the CNRS and financed by AFALULA, the French agency for the development of Al Ula ( The researcher will be hosted at the 'Semitic Worlds' research team of UMR 8167.
Five extensive excavation campaigns are planned, from 2020 to 2024, in addition to a survey of the mountainous hinterland of the site and a series of specialized studies. The excavation campaigns will last six to seven weeks, between January and early April. They could be complemented by shorter study campaigns. The total duration of field operations may vary from six to eleven weeks per year.

Constraints and risks

Field campaigns in Saudi Arabia:
- about 7 weeks in late winter/early Spring (sometime between early January and late March);
- possibly 2/3 weeks during at another time of the year.

Additional Information

The contract may be renewed for 3 years, on a part-time basis (6 to 9 months per year).

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