Thursday, 7 January 2010

Lawrence Conference May 2010

Current World Archaeology/Great Arab Revolt Project
one-day conference

Lawrence, the Arabs, and the genesis of modern guerrilla warfare

Saturday 15 May 2010
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck University of London

On the 75th anniversary of T E Lawrence’s death, three leading academic specialists assess his role in the desert war of 1916-1918 and his relevance in understanding the conflicts of the last 90 years. Neil Faulkner and Nick Saunders are joint directors of a pioneering new field project that is investigating the archaeological remains of the conflict along the line of the former Hijaz Railway. Jeremy Wilson, author of Lawrence of Arabia: the authorised biography of T E Lawrence, is widely recognised as the world’s leading authority on his subject. Together, on the basis of radically new evidence and interpretation, they offer a day of illustrated talks and discussion that will reassess Lawrence, his role, and his legacy. And they will draw some stark lessons: about the parallels between the failure of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and unfolding disaster of the ‘war on terror’ today.


9.30-10.00:      registration (tea and coffee available)
10.00-10.15:    introduction to the day
10.15-11.30:     Jeremy Wilson: A legend on record? Researching the archive of Lawrence’s war
11.30-11.45:    short break
11.45-1.00:      Nick Saunders: Fire on the desert: conflict archaeology of the Great Arab
1.00-2.15:        lunch (not included)
2.15-3.30:        Neil Faulkner: Lawrence: seminal theorist of modern guerrilla warfare
3.30-4.00:        tea and coffee
4.00-4.30:        Images from Lawrence of Arabia’s war
4.30-5.30:        Plenary

The price of the conference for early bookings is £29 (before 31 March). Standard booking price (after 31 March) is £39. Payment can be by cheque in the post (payable to Current Publishing) or credit/debit card over the phone: Current Publishing, Lamb House, Church Street, London, W4 2PD, 08456 447707 or 0208 819 5580.

(Note - previous GARP team members, i.e. those who have been part of any of the fieldwork seasons in Jordan, are entitled to a discount. Please contact Angie Hibbitt ( for information and to register)

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


New Lawrence documentary in 2 parts.

Those GARP team members who were in Jordan for the 2008 season will remember the visit of Rory Stewart and a BBC film crew to us whilst working at Fassu-ah. Rory's tv documentary (possibly!) including interviews with some of the team and film of us working is scheduled for Saturday 16th and 23rd of January on BBC TWO at 8.20pm. (BBC schedules can change)

Hopefully the documentary will give a flavour of the work we are doing in Jordan and also provide an interesting perspective on the legacy of Lawrence.