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Libya Matters Workshop

Saturday 18 February 2012
Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King's College London

The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's and the Society for Libyan Studies present a workshop, open to all, as an opportunity to record and celebrate the historical and cultural importance of Libya.

The surge of recent events in Libya may have left people with a sense of a country which is nothing but a battlefield - rather than the home of five World Heritage sites, reflecting an exceptionally long and diverse cultural heritage. The transformations which are now taking place in Libyan society should include a transformation in examining and protecting the cultural monuments. We aim to present this rich tradition to a wider audience, and explain its importance for our understanding of several phases of human history - to make clear why Libya Matters to us all. 

Information on the day's speakers can be found here


From 9.15 Registration with Tea & Coffee

9.45 - 11.15
Unique and diverse: Libya before the historical record 
Kevin White: The Physical Geography of Libya
Marta Lahr: A sand bridge across Africa - prehistory of the Libyan Sahara 
Graeme Barker: Deep prehistory in the Haua Fteah cave, Cyrenaica.

11.15 -11.30 Break 

11.30 - 12.30 
Tertia Barnett: The engraved landscape: rock carvings of the Wadi al-Hayat, Fazzan
Robert Morkot: The Libu and the Meshwesh: Egypt's view of "Libyans"

12.30 -13.30 Sandwich Lunch

13.30 - 15.30
Greek and Roman Libya
Susan Walker: Apollo's children: Cyrene's story in sculpture
Andrew Wilson: The focus of trade: Lepcis and Sabratha
Philip Kenrick: On the desert margin: rural settlements in Tripolitania and Cyrenaica
Paul Bennett: Layers of culture: Euhesperides/ Berenike 

15.30 -16.00 Tea break

16.00 -17.30
Continuities and changes
David Mattingly: The Garamantes and other Desert Cultures
Isabella Sjostrom:  After Rome: the archaeology of Islamic Libya
Saul Kelly: Wars in the Desert: Libya in the two world wars

17.30 -18.30
The current situation: Hafed Walda
The Future for the Past : round-table discussion

Admission (to include tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch) 
£25.00 All
£15.00 for members of the Society of Libyan Studies
£15.00 for King's College London Alumni
There will be a limited number of free places available for King's students.

Online booking is now open via the King's e-shop

If you would prefer not to book online please email us at and we can arrange an alternative payment method.

Booking will close on 15 February 2012. Please note that access to King's on a Saturday is controlled and for this reason pre-booking is essential. There is disabled access from the Strand. 

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