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Sam Botan

Name
S.A. Botan
E-mail
s.a.botan@arch.leidenuniv.nl

Sam Botan is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology

More information about Sam Botan

Office days

Due to the Covid-19 measures, Sam will not be present on specific day at the faculty. For an appointment, please contact him via email

Research

Samatar (Sam) Botan is preparing for his PhD research at Leiden University, and continues to be part of the research project Routes of Exchange, Roots of Connectivity. He previously completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, as well as a secondary Research Master's at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman.

He is the ceramics specialist of the team, with multiple years of fieldwork experience. For his doctoral research, Sam will aim to create a more detailed and nuanced understanding of the Afro-Eurasian maritime trade routes in the first half of the first millennium CE, by focusing on a statistical and interpretative analyses of Aksumite ceramics. The empire of Aksum was an ancient kingdom which existed in the Horn of Africa from 80 BCE till 800 CE. Its territory stretched from modern day Ethiopia, to Eritrea to the northern parts of Somaliland.

The role of Aksum has in the past been neglected in studies of ancient trade networks, which Sam's research hopes to remedy.  Simultaneously, Sam continues to be involved in projects in the Persian Gulf as a ceramics specialist, such as the Hili 14 project and the Understanding Prehistoric Settlement Dynamics at Shimal project.  His extensive experience with archaeological fieldwork has so far included campaigns in Syria, Portugal, Kurdistan, Oman  and the United Arab Emirates, and he has co-authored several academic publications and excavation reports from sites in Oman.

Teaching activities

Up till the start of his PhD reserach, Sam has been giving guided tours and online classes to children and adults alike on ancient Egypte, ancient Greece and acient Near East at the Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden in Leiden.

He has also given several guest lectures to undergraduates on the Early Bronze and Iron Age of Oman, while doing his Research Master's at the Sultan Qaboos University

Curriculum vitae

  • 2009: 8 weeks of internship at Tell Sabi Abyad in Syria.
  • 2010: 4 weeks of internship at Koroneia, Boeotia in Greece
  • 2013: 4 weeks of internship at Viseu in Portugal
  • 2013: 4 weeks of internship at Tell Begum in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • 2015: 4 weeks of internship at Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project (WAJAP) in Oman
  • 2015: 6 weeks of internship at Rustaq Wilyat in Oman
  • 2016: 4 weeks of internship at Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project (WAJAP)  in Oman
  • 2017: 8 weeks as ceramic specialist and Finds Director on the Rustaq Batinah Archaeological Survey (RBAS) in Oman.
  • 2017: 4 weeks as ceramic specialist on the Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project (WAJAP)  in Oman.
  • 2018: 6 weeks as ceramic specialist and Finds Director on the Rustaq Batinah Archaeological Survey (RBAS) in Oman.
  • 2018: 4 weeks as ceramic specialist on the Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project (WAJAP)  in Oman.
  • 2019: 3 weeks as ceramic specialist and Finds Director on the Rustaq Batinah Archaeological Survey (RBAS) in Oman.
  • 2019: 6 weeks as ceramic specialist on the project Understanding Prehistoric Settlement Dynamics at Shimal in the United Arab Emirates.
  • 2020: 8 weeks as ceramic specialist on the Hili 14 Archaeological Project in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • World Archaeology
  • Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
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