After getting BA, I was awarded a scholarship from Kuwait University to get MA and Ph.D. in archaeology as a first Kuwaiti student. Specifically, during the course of my Master’s program at Wayne State University, I was building my specialty in artifact assemblages of the Dilmun period (2000 B.C. - 1100 B.C.) of the Persian-Arabian Gulf, particularly of the Island of Failakah in Kuwait which was considered a main urban Dilmun city in the second millennium. My research aims include: the role of Failakah Island in the Bronze Age trade network between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley; the source of artifacts common to the Dilmun Period; and the nature of socio-political entities that distributed Dilmun Period artifacts (i.e. cylinder seals, copper and bronze items, vessels, etc.). By tracing ancient commercial ports in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, I was exploring the nature of interregional interaction among Dilmun (Bahrain), Failakah, the Eastern coast of Arabian Peninsula, Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa (Pakistan), and Mesopotamia.
Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida