ARAMCO lecture: Thursday 15 December, 3 pm: PD Dr. Hausleiter (DAI), The oasis of Tayma, Northwest Arabia: 6000 years of cultural contacts and exchange

On Thursday 15 December PD Dr. Hausleiter will give a lecture in which he will share the latest insights from the excavations at the North West Arabian oasis of Tayma. The lecture will take palce at 3 pm at the university library in the Vossius room.


Tayma was an important trading post on the trade routes leading from Southern Arabia to Syro-Mesopotamia and the Levant. Occupied since the 4th millennium BC, it was during the last part of the 1st millennium BC that Tayma interacted with neighbouring oases. This period also saw its occupation by the Babylonian monarch Nabonidus, before it became part of the Nabataean sphere and was probably also under Roman-Byzantine influence. The city played an important role in the expansion of Islam towards the Levant as well.

The Saudi-German excavation of the oasis has shed unprecedented light on the cosmopolitan history of Tayma, and its importance for the history of pre-Islamic Arabia.

About PD Dr. Arnulf Hausleiter

PD Dr. A. Hausleiter (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Berlin, Orient-bteilung) is co-director of the Saudi-German multidisciplinary field project at the oasis of Tayma. He specializes in the Archaeology of South West Asia with a focus on the history and milieu of oasis sites in Northern Mesopotamia and the Arabian peninsula.

Arnulf Hausleiter has participated in, and supervized excavations in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Italy. He has published on settlement history and the archaeology of the bronze age and iron age in South West Asia.

Last Modified: 10-11-2016