The IASA exists to promote research relating to the Arabian Peninsula and, in particular, its archaeology, history, epigraphy, languages, literature, art, culture, ethnography, geography, geology and natural history.
It does this by…

Awarding research grants,
Producing its own publications and supporting others,
Disseminating news of new research and events connected with Arabia, and
Organizing lectures and conferences, in particular the annual Seminar for Arabian Studies.

Become a member

You can join The IASA as a Corporate, Individual or Student member. Benefits are detailed on our membership page and include a copy of our twice yearly eBulletin, free lectures and discounts on some events.

The 2025 Seminar will be held at the Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi.

The Seminar will be held slightly later in the year and the exact dates will be announced shortly.

Image: Zayed National Museum, Foster + Partners

Recent research

Lipid residue analysis of Early Bronze Age pottery in south-eastern Arabia

The direct detection of organic products in Early Bronze Age pottery demonstrates the value of applying biomolecular methods for examining connections between material culture and dietary practices in the archaeology of Arabia. Combined with other bioarchaeological approaches, such methods can facilitate an exciting new understanding about ancient foodways, culinary practice and vessel use in the region....

Wadi al Jizzi Archaeological Project Study Season 2019

After five seasons of fieldwork we felt it was the time to consolidate our knowledge of the surface archaeology and to prepare for publication of the results...

Traceological analysis of Paleolithic backed points from Dhofar: insights into South Arabian projectile technology

Projectile technology refers to launched weapons propelled by physical strength, that may have its range and speed augmented…...

Recent videos

Book presentation: Intellectual Connections between Jazirat al-‘Arab and Jazirat al-Andalus

This event is in Arabic may be viewed on the KFRCIS YouTube channel

Language and Ecology in Southern and Eastern Arabia Professor with Janet Watson, Professor Dawn Chatty and Dr Jack Wilson

This panel event may be viewed on our YouTube channel

Charles Huber: France’s Greatest Arabian Explorer by William Facey

This lecture may be viewed on our YouTube channel