Archaeological Fieldwork and Cultural Peservation

Since its founding in 1978, AIYS has promoted archaeological fieldwork on all periods of Yemen's history. The following are some of the projects with which AIYS has assisted, in coordination with Yemen's General Organization for Antiquities and Museums.


Formal Start of the Project in 1982 >

Study of Zabid’s urban form >

Traditional brick houses of Zabid >

Zabid Citadel Excavations > 

al-Asha’ir mosque probe >

Ceramic Typology >

The Mosques of Zabid

Commemorative Monuments in Islamic Tihamah >

Spate Irrigation and Water Delivery Systems >

Megalithic site of al-Midamman >

Rock paintings of al-Mastur >

Bibliography >

Excavating Zabid

Royal Ontario Museum Yemen

Project Details to come


Archaeological Fieldwork


• Archaeological and environmental survey in the Dhamar region
A project of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, the Dhamar area survey seeks to trace the history of settlement of the region.

• Archaeological Exploration of the Mahra Region
Building on earlier work on Oman, this project sponsored by the Archaeology Fund, extends its explorations of the ancient frankincense routes into Yemen.

• Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia
A joint American-Yemeni team is conducting interdisciplinary archaeological-paleoecological research on Holocene climate change and transitions to food production in southern Yemen's Hadramawt highlands.

• Excavations at Jujah-Shibam, Wadi Hadhramaut
New York University's Institute of Fine Arts sponsored these excavations, dated to the late 9th-7th centuries B.C.

• Archaeological Work at the Mahram Bilqis, Ma'rib
In 1998 the American Foundation for the Study of Man, an AIYS institutional member, undertook the first of what is hoped to be many field season of excavation at the Mahram Bilqis in Marib, as part of a joint project with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).


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