The Origins of Doha Project

Working shot inside the circular planter.Source: The Origins of Doha Project

Working shot inside the circular planter.
Source: The Origins of Doha Project

The Origins of Doha is a Qatar National Research Fund funded research project which aims to explore the foundation and historic growth of Doha, its transformation to a modern city, and the lives and experiences of its people, through a combination of archaeological investigation, historical research and oral testimony. The project will apply detailed analytical techniques to the archaeological record of Doha and Bida’, according to current best practice in archaeological research.

The Origins of Doha Project is a collaborative endeavour by UCL Qatar academic researchers working to illuminate the history of Doha. As part of this collaboration, in 2012 team members trained students from UCL Qatar in survey and excavation methods. UCL Qatar is a branch campus of University College London and partner of Hamad bin Khalifa University, a member of Qatar Foundation.

A selection of artifacts and architectural pieces from the archaeological remains beneath Ridwani House.Source: The Origins of Doha Project

A selection of artifacts and architectural pieces from the archaeological remains beneath Ridwani House.
Source: The Origins of Doha Project

Specific aims include tracing of the changing physical extent and urban configuration of Bidda’ and Doha through time, using historic maps, aerial photographs and the excavation of archaeological deposits. This will be complimented by a compiling a comprehensive historical record of Bidda’ and Doha from both European and Arabic sources, as well as oral testimony.

To know more about the project, visit The Origins of Doha Project’s website

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