Zena Kamash

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Zena Kamash

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Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
ThesisWater supply and management in the Near East, 63 BC-AD 636 (2007)
Doctoral advisorAndrew Wilson
Academic work
DisciplineArchaeology
Sub-disciplineRoman Archaeology
InstitutionsRoyal Holloway, University of London

Zena Kamash FSA is a British Iraqi archaeologist and senior lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research topics include water, food, memory, the Roman period in the Middle East and Britain.

Education[edit]

Kamash studied for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in classics at the University of Oxford.[1] She completed a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree at Oxford in 2007: her doctoral thesis was entitled Water supply and management in the Near East, 63 BC-AD 636 and her supervisor was Andrew Wilson.[2]

Career[edit]

Kamash's early research focused on archaeological evidence for water management in the Roman Middle East, including dams, irrigation technology and toilets.[3] From 2011 to 2014 she worked on the ERC funded English Landscapes and Identity Project, directed by Chris Gosden.[4] She was the Director of Studies in Archaeology at Magdalen College, Oxford.[5]

She was appointed as a lecturer in Roman Art and Archaeology at Royal Holloway. More recently, her research has focused on post conflict reconstruction in the Middle East, including an investigation into the public response to the reconstruction of Monumental Arch of Palmyra.[6] The project "Rematerialising Mosul Museum" utilised crafting as a response to cultural heritage destruction in Iraq, collaborating with the artist Karin Celestine.[7][8] Another research focus has been the role of food in the construction of memory and identity.[9]

In 2019, Kamash was awarded a grant of £227,813.50 by the British Academy as Principal Investigator for a project entitled 'Crafting Heritage for Well-Being in Iraq'.[10][11] Her co-investigators are Dr Emma Claire Palmer-Cooper of the University of Southampton and Dr Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse of the American University of Iraq. Kamash has also published on therapeutic uses of crafting in heritage and public engagement contexts,[8] and the state of Roman archaeology as a discipline from the perspective of decolonisation and inclusivity.[12]

Honours and awards[edit]

Kamash was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2016.[13] Kamash delivered the keynote address at the 2019 Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference.[14]

Selected publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Kamash, Z. 2010. Archaeologies of Water in the Roman Near East. Gorgias Press
  • Kamash, Z, Gosden, C, Green, C, Cooper, A, Creswell, M, Donnelly, V, Franconi, T, Glyde, R, Mallet, S, Morley, L, Stansbie, D & ten Harkel, L. 2021, English Landscapes and Identities: Investigating Landscape Change from 1500 BC to AD 1086. Oxford University Press; Oxford.

Journal articles[edit]

  • Kamash, Zena. 2021. "Rebalancing Roman Archaeology : From disciplinary inertia to decolonial and inclusive action", Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 4.1, pp. 1–41. doi:10.16995/traj.4330
  • Baird, J and Z Kamash. 2019. 'Remembering Roman Syria: Valuing Tadmor‐Palmyra, from ‘Discovery’ to Destruction' Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 62.1, p. 1-29
  • Kamash, Z. 2018. 'Sweet and Delicious, he who Tastes it will Go Back to it’: Food, Memory and Religion in the Roman Middle East'. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal. 1. doi:10.16995/traj.146
  • Kamash, Z. 2018. 'Sweet and Delicious, he who Tastes it will Go Back to it’: Food, Memory and Religion in the Roman Middle East'. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal. 1. doi:10.16995/traj.146
  • Kamash, Zena et al. 2017. Remembering the Romans in the Middle East and North Africa: memories and reflections from a museum-based public engagement project. Epoiesen: Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology.
  • Kamash, Zena. 2017. 'Postcard to Palmyra’: bringing the public into debates over post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East. World Archaeology 49, 5, p. 608-622
  • Kamash, Zena. 2012. Irrigation technology, society and environment in the Roman Near East. Journal of Arid Environments. 86, p. 65-74
  • Kamash, Z, C Gosden, and G Lock. 2010. “Continuity and Religious Practices in Roman Britain: The Case of the Rural Religious Complex at Marcham/Frilford, Oxfordshire.” Britannia 41: 95–125.
  • Kamash, Zena. 2009. “What Lies beneath ? Perceptions of the Ontological Paradox of Water.” World Archaeology 40 (2): 224–37.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gorgias Press". www.gorgiaspress.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Water supply and management in the Near East, 63 BC-AD 636". solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ Kamash, Z. (2010). Archaeologies of water in the Roman Near East : 63 BC-AD 636. ISBN 978-1611434217. OCLC 908641634.
  4. ^ "About". English Landscape and Identities. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ Cooper, Anwen; Green, Chris; Kamash, Zena; Harkel, Letty ten (1 June 2013). "Afterword". Landscapes. 14 (1): 113–114. doi:10.1179/1466203513Z.00000000011. ISSN 1466-2035. S2CID 218667130.
  6. ^ Kamash, Zena (20 October 2017). "'Postcard to Palmyra': bringing the public into debates over post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East". World Archaeology. 49 (5): 608–622. doi:10.1080/00438243.2017.1406399. ISSN 0043-8243. S2CID 165281474.
  7. ^ "Using craft and textiles to 'rematerialse' Mosul Museum". Talking Humanities. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b Kamash, Zena (2019). "Crafting, heritage and well-being : Lessons from two public engagement projects". In Darrell, Timothy; Barrass, Kerry; Drysdale, Laura; Heaslip, Vanessa; Staelens, Yvette (eds.). Historic Landscapes and Mental Well-being. Archaeopress. pp. 266–279.
  9. ^ Kamash, Zena (3 October 2018). "'Sweet and Delicious, he who Tastes it will Go Back to it': Food, Memory and Religion in the Roman Middle East". Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal. 1 (1): 7. doi:10.16995/traj.146. ISSN 2515-2289.
  10. ^ https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Heritage%2C%20Dignity%20and%20Violence%20Awards%202019.pdf[dead link]
  11. ^ "Crafting Heritage for Well-Being in Iraq". The British Academy. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  12. ^ Kamash, Zena (3 September 2021). "Rebalancing Roman Archaeology: From Disciplinary Inertia to Decolonial and Inclusive Action". Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal. 4 (1). doi:10.16995/traj.4330. ISSN 2515-2289.
  13. ^ "Fellows Directory - Society of Antiquaries". www.sal.org.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "TRAC 2019". TRAC. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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