Project Staff

Dr Robert Carter (Director of the Origins project) is Senior Lecturer at UCL Qatar
and is a leading expert in the historical archaeology of the Gulf, the archaeology of
the Gulf towns and the historic pearl fishery. A CV can be downloaded from:

Daniel Eddisford (Field Director) has been a professional field archaeologist for the
Zubara with a team from Copenhagen University since 2009, undertaking excavation
and archaeological survey in the north of Qatar. A CV can be downloaded from:

Dr Mary Anne Murray (Archaeobotanist) is both a field archaeologist and archaeobotanist who received her M.Sc. and PhD from University College London.  She works at Al Zubarah in Qatar for University of Copenhagen and previous work as archaeologist and/or archaeobotanist includes projects based in Egypt, Cyprus, Senegal, Mali, Syria, Lebanon, Ecuador, Chile, Liechtenstein, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Caribbean and the USA.  More information can be found at:

Dr James Onley (Leader of Historical Research) is Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern History and Director of the Exeter Centre for Gulf Studies. He is also Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies (Routledge) and the Britain and the World book series (Palgrave/Macmillan).  He specializes in Gulf history, Middle Eastern history, Indian history, and British imperial history. Prior to entering academia, he served in the Canadian Army for 12 years and was a UN peacekeeper in Iraq at the end of the Iran–Iraq War (1988).

Tammi Moe (Leader of Oral Histories Research) Apart from her work with the Origins Project, Tammi Moe is Head of Digital Collections and Archives at VCUQatar, and Lead Principal Investigator for the Qatar Unified Imaging Project (QUIP), an initiative to identify, document and make accessible Qatar’s primary source materials as a national and international prototype for digital collections. Tammi began at VCUQatar in 2004 as the Assistant Library Director. She now serves as Head of Digital Collections and Archives and Liason to the Art History program. Tammi was seconded to the Qatar Museum Authority from 2010-2012 to design the Digital Humanities Research Center for the new National Museum of Qatar opening in 2014. Tammi was selected as one of Qatar Foundation’s 12 Achievers for her service to Qatar’s community.

Dr Colleen Morgan (Digital Heritage Research) is conducting research regarding the mobilization of digital heritage for identity formation in England and Qatar. In addition to coordinating social media outreach and digital documentation for the Origins of Doha Project, she is also collecting data about how digital heritage objects are transmitted and re-used online. Her thesis research was conducted at the sites of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and at Dhiban in Jordan and she has also excavated in the United States, England, Greece, and at Al Zubarah in Qatar. A CV can be downloaded from:

Kirk Roberts attended the University College London and received his BA in Archaeology in 2001 and his MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science in 2002. Since then he has worked in the United Kingdom, Oman, Tanzania, Lebanon, and Turkey. He has worked at Al Zubarah in Qatar since 2010 and is now working with the Origins of Doha project. A CV can be downloaded from:

Ruth Hatfield graduated from Reading University in 2003, and has worked as a field archaeologist in the UK, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Greece, Ukraine and Egypt.

Katie Campbell is a field archaeologist from Edinburgh and received her degree from Exeter. Since that time she has excavated in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Canada, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Lebanon. She has been excavating in Qatar at Al Zubarah since 2010 and is now working with the Origins of Doha project.

Michal Michalski has has worked as professional archaeologist in Poland, the United Kingdom and the UAE. He is currently responsible for surveying and GIS for The Origins of Doha Project. Michal received an MA in Archaeology from the Nicolaus Copernicus University Poland in 2006 and an MSc in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2012.

Fahad Ahmed Al Obaidly (Oral Historian)  is the Curator Gulf Heritage & Community Liaison, Qatar Unified Imaging Project (QUIP), VCUQatar. My role is to support the study and documentation of local history in Qatar and the surrounding Gulf region using ethnographic research methods, ethical data collection, proper documentation and curatorial practices. I have collaboratively structured a comprehensive oral history program to collect and preserve intangible elements through narration for use on this project and to support the study of Qatar’s history in primary and secondary schools. I am the principal external contact for the QUIP team, coordinating communication throughout the community. I facilitate access to primary source materials within institutions and private collection in order to create a persistent resource.


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