Mark Beech
Head of Coastal Heritage and Palaeontology, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Profile

Biography

Dr Mark Beech BSc. (Institute of Archaeology, Univ. of London, 1982-85), M.A. (Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, 1986-87), PhD (Department of Archaeology and Biology, University of York, 1997-2001) is Head of Coastal Heritage & Palaeontology in the Historic Environment Department at the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority in the United Arab Emirates. He is responsible for undertaking archaeological fieldwork and research within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This includes the development of the official Abu Dhabi database of archaeological, palaeontological and cultural heritage sites, as well as the use of GIS as a cultural heritage management tool.

Publications

Selected publications

Bibi, F., A. Hill and M. Beech. 2017.  A Thousand and One Fossils – Discoveries in the Desert at Al Gharbia. Yale University Publications in Anthropology & Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. ISBN: 9781933789071. For more information please go to Yale Press: http://yalebooks.com/book/9781933789071/thousand-and-one-fossils

Mashkour, M. and M. Beech (eds.).  2017.  Archaeozoology of the Near East 9 [Hardback] – 9th Meeting of the Archaeozoology of South-West Asia and Adjacent Areas. Publication of the 9th Meeting of ASWA to honour the contribution of Hans-Peter Uerpmann and Francois Poplin to the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia. 2 volumes, containing a total of 31 chapters. Oxbow Books. 464p. ISBN: 9781782978442. For more information please go to Oxbow books:
http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/archaeozoology-of-the-near-east-9.html

Beech, M.J. (with assistance from A. Aqeel, A. Chabbi and A.Reddy). 2016. Sir Bani Yas and the Church of the East. Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. Special VIP one-off edition for His Holiness The Pope.

Beech, M.J., K.Strutt, L. Blue, A.K. Al-Kaabi, W.A. Omar, A.A. Al-Haj El-Faki, A.R. Lingareddy, and J. Martin. 2016. ‘Ubaid-related sites of the southern Gulf revisited: the Abu Dhabi Coastal Heritage Initiative. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 46: 9-24. You may download an Open Source pdf version from:  http://www.archaeopress.com/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id=%7b304B5B23-A18D-46B6-97E1-7550BB78FDC0%7d

Mashkour, M., M.J. Beech, K. Debue, L. Yeomans, S. Bernard, D. Gasparini, and S. Mery. 2016. Middle to Late Neolithic animal exploitation at UAQ2 (5500-4000 cal BC): an ‘Ubaid-related coastal site at Umm al-Quwain Emirate, United Arab Emirates. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 46: 195-210.
You may download an Open Source pdf version from:
http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id=%7b2D978E68-A546-4F39-8282-3EB1CB9D2C0F%7d

Mashkour, M. and M. Beech (eds.).  2014.  Ancient Camelids in the Old World – Between Arabia and Europe. Proceedings of a special session on Camelids in the Old World, held at the International Council of Archaeozoology (ICAZ) 2010 conference (23-28 August 2010). Anthropozoologica Volume 49 – issue 2, dated December 2014 (Print ISSN: 0761-3032 – Online ISSN: 2107-0881). Edited volume containing Preface, Foreword and 10 chapters. For more information please visit Anthropozoologica: http://www.bioone.org/toc/anth/49/2

Full publications list

For a full list of publications, visit http://www.markbeech.com/index.php/publications-2/

Research

Overview

Research interests include:

Late Miocene vertebrate fossils in Abu Dhabi emirate

Middle Palaeolithic in the Arabian Peninsula

Neolithic of the Rub al-Khali

Neolithic ('Ubaid') communities of the 6th - 5th millennium BC in the Arabian Gulf 

Coastal Archaeology and the exploitation of marine resources

Computer applications in archaeology

Teaching

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External activities

Memberships

Membership:

  • Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) - member (since 1986 +).
  • Emirates Natural History Group (ENHG) - Abu Dhabi chapter member (2002 +).
  • International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) - member (since 1998 +).
  • Archaeozoologists of S.W. Asia and Adjacent Regions Working Group (ICAZ ASWA) - member (since 1998 +).
  • Fish Remains Working Group (ICAZ FISH) - member (since 1997 +).
  • Seminar for Arabian Studies - member (since 1997 +).

Committees / Editorial Boards / Refereeing:

  • Academic Referee for International Journals: Adumatu, Antiquity, Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, Environmental Archaeology & Journal of Archaeological Science.
  • Journal of Oman Studies - member of editorial board (Vol. 14 - 2007).
  • Seminar for Arabian Studies - committee member and on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies (2001 - 2015).
  • Tribulus - Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group - member of the editorial committee (Vol. 12.1 - Vol. 18, 2002-2011).
  • York Archaeology Society - postgraduate representative committee member (1998-99).

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Contact details

Dr Mark Beech
Head of Coastal Heritage & Palaeontology
Historic Environment Department
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi)
14th Floor - Tower B
Nation Towers Corniche
PO Box 94000
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-599-5846; +971-50-7527407 (mobile)

http://www.markbeech.com