Nathan Anderson

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Date of Birth:

10th November 1989





University of Exeter

PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies

Thesis title: The Materiality of Islamisation as Observed in Archaeological Remains in the Mozambique Channel

Supervisors: Prof. Timothy Insoll, Dr. John P. Cooper, Dr. Emily Selove


School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

M.A. History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East 

-Graduated with Distinction; M.A.
Dissertation: “Swahili Sectarian Origins as Observed in Archaeological Remains”


University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A. Earth Science/Anthropology

-Graduated with honors in the major


Professional/research experience

November 2019:

Samaheej, Bahrain

Bahrain Archaeological Excavation

June 2019 - December 2019:

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Assisted in the development, organization, and management of the European Research Council funded "Archaeological Perspectives on Conversion to Islam and Islamisation in Africa" conference, held at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter on the 17-18 of December, 2019. This conference was associated with Professor Timothy Insoll's "Becoming Muslim" project. 

May 2019:

Kingany, Madagascar

Northwestern Madagascar Archaeological Excavation 

November 2018:

Muharraq, Bahrain

Bahrain Archaeological Excavation

September 2018:

Boeni Bay, Madagascar

Northwestern Madagascar Archaeological Reconnaissance

April 2018 - May 2018:

Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Northern Mozambique Archaeological Reconnaissance

November 2017:

Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain

Bahrain Archaeological Excavation

October 2016 - April 2017:

Redhorse Corporation, Edwards Air Force Base, California

Staff Archaeologist

-NHPA Section 106/110 compliance archaeological monitoring.

January 2015 - October 2016:

CH2M Hill, Edwards Air Force Base, California

Staff Archaeologist

 -Phase I archaeological investigation within the Mojave Desert. Extensive survey of peripheral regions of base, locating sites of interest, ranging from Lake Mojave Period to late Cold War.

-Phase II investigation of sites with the intent of establishing a Piute Ponds Archaeological District. Systematic and thorough excavation conducted to recover artifacts, and related archaeological materials, additional crew leadership responsibilities. Documentation and processing of collected finds, and CA state forms.

-Project Lead for cultural monitoring of threatened historic and prehistoric archaeological sites effort on Edwards Air Force Base. Photo research and documentation of adobe ruins and artifact deposits to establish baseline conditions to facilitate future preservation. Composition of study findings for cultural site monitoring effort conducted during 2015-2016.

-NHPA Section 106/110 compliance archaeological monitoring.

April 2012 - August 2013:

Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois

Archaeological Field Technician

-Phase III archaeology. Excavation of cultural features and recovery of associated artifacts. Complete site mitigation in preparation for the construction of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

-Documentation, analysis, and cataloguing of archaeological materials associated with Mississippian District, related to Cahokia (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Habitual use of both archaeological and geological theory.

June 2011 - July 2011:

Songo Manara, Tanzania

Rice University Summer Field School

- Team led by Jeffrey Fleisher and Stephanie Wynne-Jones. Excavation of domestic and public spaces, including a mosque and associated graveyard within Songo Mnara (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Archaeological inquiry conducted to better understand the use of space within a medieval Swahili settlement.

October 2010 - December 2011:

Monterey Bay Archaeological Archive (MBAA), University of California Santa Cruz

Student Intern/Curator

-Instruction and demonstration of base level analysis of artifacts within MBAA collection, supervision and management of student interns and volunteers, processing of artifacts and cataloguing them into FileMaker database, general organization and cleaning of artifacts and MBAA dig-storage.