Dr Rémy Crassard, Permanent Research Fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Over a few decades of comprehensive fieldwork and analyses on Arabian Paleolithic and Neolithic have allowed for breakthroughs in our understanding of the major transformations that occurred in the region and their relationship to surrounding regions. The growing register of sites and materials (both surveyed and excavated) across the Peninsula has for the first time allowed us to see dispersal routes by first humans for the Paleolithic, as well as intra- and inter-regional socio-economic trends that are pertinent to discussions of the process of neolithization, of long-distance trade and of alternative forms of social complexity than those known in the ancient Near East.

Région de Mundafan - Arabie Saoudite, Mission Najran 2010 © R. Crassard

Région de Mundafan – Arabie Saoudite, Mission Najran 2010 © R. Crassard

This conference presents a synthesis of old and new data on the prehistoric cultures of Arabia, in an effort to highlight the importance and role of the Peninsula during key periods of socioeconomic transformation, namely in the Near East and Africa.

The Lecture is delivered in English.

In partnership with Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and in cooperation with the CEFAS and the CNRS.