The Kani Shaie Archaeological Project is headed by Steve Renette from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and André Tomé and Ricardo Cabral of the University of Coimbra and the Center of Archaeology, Arts and Heritage – CEAACP (Portugal). Both institutions have long traditions in archaeology and have set up cooperative ties in support of this research in Kurdistan. This project would not be possible without the generous permission and full collaboration of Dr. Mala Awat (Director General of Antiquities Kurdistan Regional Government) and Dr. Kamal Rasheed (Director General of the Antiquities Department of Sulaimaniya).
Archaebotany and anthropology experts
2015 Project Members
Zana Abdulkarim (Slemani Directorate of Antiquities) – Archaeologist
Awaz Xedan (Slemani Directorate of Antiquities) – Archaeologist
Ana Margarida Vaz (University of Coimbra/CEAACP) – Archaeologist
João Barreira (University of Coimbra/CEAACP) – Archaeologist
Tiago Costa (University of Coimbra/CEAACP) – Pottery specialist
Maria da Conceição LopesProfessor of Archaeology in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is the director of CEAUCP (Centre of Archaeological Studies of the Universities of Coimbra and Porto), Director of the Archaeological Institute in the University of Coimbra, and consultant on issues of World Heritage recognition for Unesco.
Holly Pittman (Bok Family Professor in the Humanities, Chair of the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania in USA, and Curator of the Near East Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
Diederik J.W. Meijer Professor Emeritus at Leiden University in the Netherlands, is a consulting member of the team through his academic and personal connections with André Tomé, Ricardo Cabral, and Steve Renette. He has directed excavations at the site of Tell Hamam et-Turkman in Syria and at the site of Satu Qala in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Kozad M. Ahmed (Lecturer at the Slemani University, PhD in Assyriology from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has worked closely with the Slemani Museum of Antiquities and is currently lecturing at the University of Slemani. In recent years he has been involved with the archaeological project at Satu Qala in Iraqi Kurdistan. Within the Kani-Chaie and Bazian Plain Archaeological Project Kozad M. Ahmed is a consulting member, especially concerning epigraphic data.)
Dlshad Zamua is completing his PhD at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Apart from lecturing at Salahaddin University in Iraqi Kurdistan, he has worked at several archaeological sites in Iraqi Kurdistan, most recently in Erbil and at the site of Satu Qala and worked on the seals collection in Slemani Museum. Within the Kani-Chaie and Bazian Plain Archaeological Project Dlshad A. Marf is both a consulting and participating member.