THE POLISH CENTRE OF MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW is proud to host the Red Sea VIII Conference, previously hosted by the British Museum, University of Southampton, University of Exeter (UK) University of Tabuk (KSA) and University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy).

The Polish Centre is a relative newcomer to the field, but already successful as the co-organizer of the American–Polish leg of the Berenike Project on the Egyptian Red Sea coast since 2008. It is excavating now at Aynuna (Leuke Kome?) on the Arabian Red Sea coast and has been actively exploring a number of sites in Kuwait (Bahra 1 and Failaka Island), recently embarking on a project in Oman (Qumayrah).
Exciting discoveries of different kinds of natural resources, including copper in Aynuna and minerals in Berenike, have led us to propose for the theme of the conference issues connected with the economy of natural resources, their extraction, processing and subsequent trade that stood behind a flourishing crafts industry throughout the long history of the region.

Ten years after the Red Sea III conference on Natural Resources and Cultural Connections of the Red Sea, held at the British Museum on 27–28 October 2006, we believe enough new data has been made available to warrant another in-depth look at the theme.
Read more about the Polish Centre at http://www.pcma.uw.edu.pl/en/about-pcma/

Beads from a tumulu...
 Beads from a tumulus grave in Al-Subiyah, Kuwait, Polish excavations (© PCMA UW - archive)
Bronze Age temple at...
Bronze Age temple at Tell Arbid, Syria, excavated by a PCMA team (© PCMA UW - archive)
Byzantine oil presse...
Byzantine oil presses in the village of Chhîm, Lebanon (© PCMA UW - archive)
Kazimierz Michałowsk...
Kazimierz Michałowski and restorers saving the wall paintings from Faras, early 1960s (© PCMA UW - archive)
Miniature figurines ...
Miniature figurines of hippos tusks, Tell el-Farkha, Predynastic period (© PCMA UW - archive)
The late Roman study...
The late Roman study halls of Kom el-Dikka in Alexandria, discovered by a PCMA team (© PCMA UW - archive)
The Lion of Palmyra,...
The Lion of Palmyra, discovered and restored by a Polish team (© PCMA UW - archive)
The Temple of Hatshe...
The Temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari, restored by PCMA missions (© PCMA UW - archive)
Tomb of Merefnebef i...
Tomb of Merefnebef in the western necropolis at Saqqara, Sixth Dynasty (© PCMA UW - archive)

Conference program and abstracts available!