Students gaining practical experience and skills
In this Research Spotlight, we look at a recent initiative by Professor Stephane Pradines, who used his expertise and experience to organise a field school in Islamic archaeology in the fort of Lahore, Pakistan.
The training programme was supported by the Aga Khan Cultural Service - Pakistan (AKCSP) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Historic Cities Programme (HCP) in Geneva and was organised with the support of the Walled City Lahore Authority and the Department of Antiquities of Punjab.
The training programme consisted of six days of fieldwork in the oldest part of the fort, in the Akbari enclosure, around an old hammam. The participants were trained in archaeological excavations, stratigraphy records, plans and building studies. Each student also received a preliminary introduction to artefacts, ceramics and object studies. Professor Pradines delivered two lectures during the first day of the training programme: “Global Perspectives on Islamic Archaeology" and “Archaeological Research Methodologies" with a third lecture by Dr Inigo Almela on “Introduction to Archaeology of Architecture".
A closing ceremony was held in the old Barood Khana, where participants were presented with certificates.
Professor Pradines commented: "The training programme was a great success and attracted 36 participants from the AKCSP, Dept. of Archaeology of the University of Punjab, Dept. of Archaeology in Lahore, Walled City Authority, Institute for Arts and Culture, Lahore Campus of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) and National College of Arts. It was also extremely important to demonstrate the complementarity of AKDN structures and collaboration between AKCSP, AKTC and AKU."