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Waed Awesat

University of Paris 1 Sorbonne

PhD Student

Country: Palestine

ITP Year: 2014


Waed is currently working on her PhD at the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne, in archaeology under the East and Mediterranean research laboratory with the Semitic world team. Her PhD is on Achaemenid and Hellenistic Tyr (5th century BC – 1st century AD): history and currency.

Her work objective is to create the first complete database and catalogue of coins from the city of Tyre / Lebanon, starting from the 5th century BC and working up until 1st century AD.

The database will include and will update records of all currencies available in major museums public collections, and their published catalogues. As a result, Waed will be visiting museum collections while other sources used to collect this data include online publications of sales and coins found through treasure cases and excavations.

Waed is also interested in collection management of currencies; coin handling, cleaning, identification description, weight / diameter measurement and photography.

In 2018 Waed collaborated with the American University of Beirut. She was invited to work directly on objects from Tyre and to participate in the conference Numismatic Research in Lebanon: Past, Present and Future, which was held in March 23-24, 2018.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Waed was based in the Middle East department and her partner placement was spent at  The Collection – Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire and Nottingham University Museum.

In 2014 participants were asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the Asahi Shimbun Displays – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum.  Waed’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Alexander the Great and the Gold of Babylon.

Legacy Projects
In November 2017 Waed attended the MA conference in Manchester with fellows from India, Kenya and South Africa. Waed also attended sessions on temporary exhibitions and permanent display at UK partners Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum as well as the People’s History Museum.

In December 2017 Waed attended the ITP+ course on Photography and Documentation. In a series workshop, spread over a 5-day period, fellows attended seminars, creative workshops, hand-on session and practical group work with colleagues from the British Museum. The aim of the programme was to further the professional development and reconnect the alumni from the summer programme.

ITP Newsletter Publication
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), How the ITP changed my life
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Collections in focus: A ceramic vessel: in memory of Dr Albert Glock