Professor Lloyd Weeks

Head of School - School of Humanities

Lloyd Weeks

Phone: +61 2 6773 3982

Email: lweeks2@une.edu.au

Qualifications

PhD University of Sydney

BA (Hons) University of Sydney

Memberships

Trustee, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia

Editorial Committee, Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies

Research Interests

ORCID 0000-0003-4736-9633

My current research has two main strands:

1) The Archaeology of Prehistoric Iran and Arabia: I am interested in the development of ancient societies in Iran and the Arabian Peninsula from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, i.e. from about 8000 to 1500 BC. This period witnessed the development of agriculture and the establishment of early sedentary communities, eventually leading to the development of complex, stratified societies that were linked into long-distance economic and cultural contacts across the ancient Near East. This strand of my research currently involves participation in an international collaborative research project in the Mamasani District of the southern Zagros Mountains, Iran, incorporating field survey, excavation, materials analysis, and palaeo-environmental reconstructions.

2) Metal Production and Exchange Systems in the Ancient Near East: I use materials science approaches such as compositional, metallographic and isotopic analyses to investigate the development of copper-production and exchange systems and copper-base artefact manufacture in the ancient Near East. This region was one of the heartlands of early metal technology, and from the Neolithic period onwards we can trace the transition from native copper exploitation to the smelting of copper ores and the fabrication of complex copper alloy artefacts.

Publications

Books

L.R. Weeks. 2004.Early Metallurgy of the Persian Gulf: Technology, Trade, and the Bronze Age World. Boston: American School of Prehistoric Research and Brill Academic Publishers.

Edited Volumes

L.R. Weeks and J.C. Watson. 2013. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies vol. 43. Oxford: Archaeopress.

L.R. Weeks. 2010. Death and Burial in Arabia and Beyond: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Oxford: Archaeopress and the Society for Arabian Studies. Society for Arabian Studies Monographs No. 10.

D.T. Potts, K. Roustaei, C.A. Petrie and L.R. Weeks. 2009. The Mamasani Archaeological Project Stage 1:The ICHTO/Sydney University Archaeological Research Project in the Mamasani Region, Fars Province, Iran. Oxford: Archaeopress.

St. J. Simpson and L.R. Weeks. 2008. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies vol. 38. Oxford: Archaeopress.

St. J. Simpson and L.R. Weeks. 2007. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies vol. 37. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Book Chapters

L.R. Weeks. 2013. "Iranian Metallurgy of the 4th Millennium BC in its Wider Technological and Cultural Contexts". In C.A. Petrie (ed.), Iran and its Neighbours in the 4th Millennium: 277-291. Oxford: Oxbow.

L.R. Weeks. 2013. "Holocene Arabia". In C. Renfrew and P. Bahn (eds.), The Encyclopaedia of World Prehistory: 1596-1616. Cambridge: CUP.

L.R. Weeks. 2013. "The Neolithisation of Fars, Iran". In R. Matthews and H. Fazeli Nashli (eds.), The Neolithisation of Iran: the Formation of New Societies: 86-96. Oxford: BANEA and Oxbow Books.

L.R. Weeks. 2013. "The development and expansion of a Neolithic way of life". In D.T. Potts (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Iran: 49-75. New York: Oxford University Press.

Petrie, C.A., A. Sardari, R. Ballantyne, M. Berberian, C. Lancelotti, M. Mashkour, B. McCall and L.R. Weeks. 2013. "Mamasani in the 4th millennium BC". In C.A. Petrie (ed.), Iran and its Neighbours in the 4th Millennium. Oxford: Oxbow.

M. Jones, M. Djamali, L. Stevens, V. Heyvaert, H. Askari, D. Norolahie and L.R. Weeks. 2013. "Mid Holocene environmental and climatic change in Iran". In C.A. Petrie (ed.), Iran and its Neighbours in the 4th Millennium. Oxford: Oxbow.

L.R. Weeks. 2012. "Metallurgy". In D.T. Potts (ed.), A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East: 295-316. New York: Blackwells.

L.R. Weeks, C.A. Petrie, and D.T. Potts. 2010. "Ubaid-related-related? The 'black-on-buff' ceramic traditions of highland southwest Iran". In R.A. Carter and G. Philip (eds.), The Ubaid and Beyond: exploring the transmission of culture in the developed prehistoric societies of the Middle East: 245-276. Chicago: University of Chicago Oriental Institute Publications.

A. Asgari Chaverdi, A. Khosrowzadeh, B. McCall, C.A. Petrie, M. Seyedin, L.R. Weeks and M. Zeidi. 2010. "Archaeological Evidence for Achaemenid Settlement within the Mamasani Valleys, Western Fars, Iran". In J. Curtis and St. J. Simpson (eds.), The World of Achaemenid Persia. London: I.B. Tauris.

L.R. Weeks. 2007. "Coals to Newcastle, Copper to Magan? Isotopic Analyses and the Persian Gulf metals trade". In S. LaNiece, D. Hook, and P.T. Craddock, eds., Metals and Mines: Studies in Archaeometallurgy, 89-96. London: Archetype and the British Museum.

L.R. Weeks, K. Alizadeh, L. Niakan, K. Alamdari, A Khosrowzadeh, and M. Zeidi. 2009. "Excavations at Tol-e Nurabad". In D.T. Potts and K. Roustaei (eds.), The Mamasani Archaeological Project Stage 1: The ICHTO/Sydney University Archaeological Research Project in the Mamasani Region, Fars Province, Iran: 31-88. Oxford: Archaeopress.

D.T. Potts, K. Roustaei, L.R. Weeks, and C.A. Petrie. 2009. "The Mamasani district and the archaeology of southwestern Iran". In D.T. Potts and K. Roustaei (eds.), The Mamasani Archaeological Project Stage 1: The ICHTO/Sydney University Archaeological Research Project in the Mamasani Region, Fars Province, Iran: 1-16. Oxford: Archaeopress.

C.A. Petrie, L.R. Weeks, D.T. Potts, and K. Roustaei. 2009. "Perspectives on the cultural sequence of Mamasani". In D.T. Potts and K. Roustaei (eds.), The Mamasani Archaeological Project Stage 1: The ICHTO/Sydney University Archaeological Research Project in the Mamasani Region, Fars Province, Iran: 169-196. Oxford: Archaeopress.

L.R. Weeks and K.D. Collerson. 2005. "Archaeometallurgical Studies". In R. Killick and J. Moon (eds.), The Early Dilmun Settlement at Saar: 309-324. London: London-Bahrain Archaeological Expedition, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

L.R. Weeks and K.D. Collerson. 2004. "Lead Isotope Analysis". In L.R. Weeks, Early Metallurgy of the Persian Gulf: Technology, Trade, and the Bronze Age World. Boston: American School of Prehistoric Research and Brill Academic Publishers.

L.R. Weeks. 2003. "Prehistoric Metallurgy in the U.A.E.: Bronze Age-Iron Age Transitions". In D.T. Potts (ed.) Proceedings of the First Archaeological Conference on the U.A.E.: 115-121. Trident Press.

Journal Articles

L.M. Rouse and L.R. Weeks. 2011. "Specialization and social inequality in Bronze Age SE Arabia: analyzing the development of production strategies and economic networks using agent-based modelling". Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 1583-1590.

L.R. Weeks, E. Keall, V. Pashley, J. Evans and S. Stock. 2009. "Lead isotope analyses of Bronze Age copper-base artefacts from Al-Midamman, Yemen: towards the identification of an indigenous metal production and exchange system in the southern Red Sea region". Archaeometry 51/4: 576-597.

L.R. Weeks. 2008. "The 2007 early Iranian metallurgy workshop at the University of Nottingham". Iran 46: 335-345.

L.R. Weeks, K. Alizadeh, L. Niakan, K. Alamdari, A Khosrowzadeh, B. McCall, and M. Zeidi. 2006. "The Neolithic Settlement of Highland SW Iran: New Evidence from the Mamasani District". Iran 44: 1-31.

D.T. Potts, K. Roustaei, K. Alamdari, K. Alizadeh, A. Asgari Chaverdi, A. Khosrowzadeh, L. Niakan, C.A. Petrie, M. Seyedin, L.R. Weeks, B. McCall and M. Zaidi. 2006. "Eight thousand years of history in Fars Province, Iran". Near Eastern Archaeology 68/3: 84-92.

L.R. Weeks. 2004. "An analysis of Late Pre-Islamic copper-base artefacts from Ed Dur, U.A.E." Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 15: 240-252.

L.R. Weeks, M. Morris, B. McCall and K. Al-Zubairy. 2002. "A recent archaeological survey on Soqotra. A report on the preliminary expedition season, January 5th-February 2nd 2001". Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy13: 95-125.

L.R. Weeks. 2000. "Copper, Bronze and Iron Objects in the Sharm Tomb". Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 11/2: 180-98.

L.R. Weeks. 1999. "Lead Isotope Analyses from Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates: New Data Regarding the 'Tin Problem' in Western Asia". Antiquity 73/279: 49-64.

D.T. Potts and L.R. Weeks. 1999. "An AMS Radiocarbon Chronology for the Late Umm an-Nar-Type Tomb at Tell Abraq". Tribulus 9/1: 9-10.

L.R. Weeks. 1997. "Prehistoric Metallurgy at Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates". Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 8: 11-85.

D.T. Potts, L.R. Weeks, P. Magee, E. Thompson and P. Smart. 1996. "Husn Awhala: A Late Prehistoric settlement in southern Fujairah". Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 7: 214-239.

Book Reviews

Weeks, L.R. 2012. Review of S. Pollock, R. Bernbeck und K. Abdi (eds.), "The 2003 Excavations at Tol-e Baši, Iran: Social Life in a Neolithic Village". Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan 44: 343-44.

Weeks, L.R. 2010. Review of A. Alizadeh, "Chogha Mish Volume 2: The Development of a Prehistoric Regional Center in Lowland Susiana, Southwestern Iran. Final Report on the Last Six Seasons of Excavations, 1972–1978." Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan 42: 309-313.

Weeks, L.R., 2001. Review of S. Ulm and J. Read, "Index of Dates from Archaeological Sites in Queensland". Australian Archaeology 53: 56.