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Excavating Zabid

Royal Ontario Museum Yemen Project Overview

Bibliography and Further Reading

Edward Keall
Curator Emeritus
Royal Ontario Museum

ROM Project and Built Environment


Gentilleau, J. M.  1999

“34 actions pour sauvegarder Zabid. Dossier technique. Sommaire.” Pp. 60- 71 in P. Bonnenfant (ed.), Zabîd. Patrimoine mondial [Saba: Arts-Littérature-Histoire-Arabie méridionale, 5-6]. Bruxelles: Amyris.


Keall, E. J.  2012

“Getting to the bottom of Zabid: the Canadian Archaeological Mission in Yemen, 1982-2011.” Seminar for Arabian Studies, Proceedings 42: 129-141.


Keall, E. J.  2009

“Beneath the Sands. The Medieval city of Zabid revealed.” Current World Archaeolgy 33: 44-49.


Keall E. J.  2008. “The changing positions of Zabid’s Red Sea port sites.” Chroniques Yémenites 15: 111-125.


Keall E.J.  2001b

  “The Syrian Origins of Yemen’s National Mosque Style.” Pp. 219-226 in M. Fortin (ed.), Recherches canadiennes sur la Syrie antique. Actes du colloque annuel de la société canadienne des études mésopotamiennes. Québec, Sept. 21-23, 2000 [Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies, Bulletin 36]. Québec: Musée de la civilisation.


Keall E.J.  2001a

“Canadian Archaeological Mission of the Royal Ontario Museum in Yemen.”

Al-Musnad 1(1): 93-90 (sic) [Journal of Antiquities, History & Cultural Heritage of Yemen].


Keall, E. J. 1999

“Archäologie in der Tihamah. Die Forschungen der Kanadischen Archäologischen Mission des Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, in Zabid und Umgebung.”Jemen-Report 30/1: 27-32.


Keall, E. J. 1997

“Les fouilles de la mission archéologique canadienne.” Pp. 19-24 in P. Bonnenfant (ed.), Zabîd. Patrimoine mondial [Saba. Arts-Littérature-Histoire-Arabie méridionale, 5-6]. Bruxelles: Amyris.


Keall, E. J. 1991

“Drastic changes in 16th century Zabid.” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 21: 79-96.


Keall, E. J. 1989

“A few facts about Zabid.” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 19: 61-69.


Keall, E. J. 1984

“A preliminary report on the architecture of Zabid.” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 14: 51-65.


Keall, E. J. 1983

“The Dynamics of Zabid and its Hinterland; the survey of a town on the Tihamah plain of North Yemen.” World Archaeology 14(3): 378-92.



Social History and Ceramic Analysis


Ciuk, C. & Keall, E. J. 1996

Zabid Pottery Manual: Pre-Islamic and Islamic Ceramics from the Zabid area, North Yemen [BAR International series 655].  Oxford: Tempus Reparatum.


Hallett, J. R., Thompson M., Keall E. J. & Mason R. B.  1988

“Archaeometry of medieval Islamic glazed ceramics from North Yemen.” Canadian Journal of Chemistry 66 (2): 266-72.


Keall, E. J.  2006/2007

“The Big Smoke”. Rotunda (Royal Ontario Museum ) 39 (2): 30-37


Keall, E. J. 2001

“The evolution of the first coffee cups in Yemen. Pp. 35-50 in M. Tuchscherer (ed.), Le commerce du café avant l’ère des plantations coloniales. Espaces, réseaux, sociétés (XV-XIX siècle) [Cahiers des annales islamologiques 20]. Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale.


Keall, E. J. 1992a

“Smoking a Coconut”. Rotunda (Royal Ontario Museum ) 24 (4): 12-17


Keall, E. J. 1992b

“Smoker’s pipes and the fine pottery tradition of Hays.” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 22: 29-46.


Mason, R. B., Hallett, J. R. & Keall E. J. 1989

“Provenance studies of Islamic pottery from Yemen: INAA and petrographic analysis.” Pp. 543-550 in Y. Maniatis (ed.), Archaeometry: Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium (Athens 1986). Amsterdam: Elsevier.


Mason, R. B. & Keall E. J. 1989

“Islamic ceramics: petrography and provenance.” Pp. 184-87 in R. M. Farquhar, R. G. V. Hancock & L. Pavlish (eds.), Proceedings of the 26th International Archaeometry Symposium (Toronto 1988).


Mason R. B. & Keall, E. J. 1988

“Provenance of local ceramic industry and the characterization of imports: petrography of pottery from medieval Yemen.” Antiquity 62: 452-463.



Irrigation Technology and Practices


Hehmeyer, I. 2019

A History of Water Engineering and Management in Yemen. Leiden: Brill.

Hehmeyer, I & Keall, E. J. 1993

“Water and Land Management in the Zabid Hinterland.” Al-‘Usur al-Wusta (Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists) 5(2): 25-27


Jazim, M. A, 2008

Le Livre des Revenus du sultan rasūlide al-Malik al-Mu’ayyad Dāwūd b. Yūsuf  [La bibliothèque yéménite 2]. Sanaa: Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales.


Keall, E. J. & Hehmeyer, I. 1998

“Sponsorship of a madrasa, reflecting the value of farmland in the  urban economy of Zabid, Yemen.”  Al-'Usur al-Wusta  (Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists) 10(2): 33-35, 47


Keall, E. J. 1993

“The Medieval Environment of Zabid, Yemen.” National Geographic Research and Exploration 9(4): 475-76.


Bronze Age Megaliths


Keall E.J.  2005a

“Placing al-Midamman in Time. The work of the Canadian Archaeological Mission on the Tihama Coast, from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age.” Archäologische Berichte aus dem Yemen 10: 88-99.


Keall, E. J.  2004

“Possible connections in antiquity between the Red Sea coast of Yemen and the Horn of Africa.” Pp. 43-55 in P. Lunde and A. Porter (eds.), Trade and Travel in the Red Sea Region: Proceedings of the Red Sea Project I (British Museum, October 2002) [BAR International Series 1269]. Oxford: Archaeopress. 


Keall, E. J.  1998

“Encountering megaliths on the Tihama coastal plain of Yemen.” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 28: 139-147.


Painted Rock Art


Keall E.J.  2005b

Rock-shelter paintings in the Tihama foothills. Pp. 341-357 in A. Sholan, S. Antonini & M. Arbach (eds.), Sabaean Studies. Archaeological, epigraphical and historical studies in honour of Yusuf M. ‘Abdullah, Alessandro de Maigret & Christian Robin. Naples-Sanaa.


Keall E.J.  2002

“The painted rock‑shelter of al‑Mastur.” Bulletin of The Society for Arabian Studies 7: 43.

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