Visiting Scholars and Fellows


Dr Sarah Elliott
CBRL Fellow (

Sarah Elliott works as an environmental archaeologist specialising in phytolith analysis, micromorphology, portable x-ray fluorescence, spherulite analysis (including smear slide analysis) and ethnoarchaeology. She holds a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MSc in Geoarchaeology from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the Neolithic of the Near East and her PhD investigated an integrated multi-scalar and multi-proxy approach to the identification and analysis of ancient faecal material.

As part of the CZAP project she investigated early animal management and secondary product use in Iraq and Iran through the identification of animal penning and microscopic signature of dung in Neolithic villages. She has also helped develop an ethnoarchaeological project investigating animal husbandry in Iraqi Kurdistan with a range of animal, plant and environmental data. In 2014-15 she worked as a Research Assistant on the INEA Project co-directed by Bournemouth University and the CBRL. The aim of the project was to integrate ethnographic investigation with phytolith and geochemical methods to identify activity areas and construction materials within settlements.

During her current fellowship at the CBRL's British Institute in Amman she will focus on developing research on Jordan's post-1750 rural heritage, particularly in traditional villages in the Tafilah area. Starting in January 2019, she will continue her research on Jordan's village heritage at Bournemouth University as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, which is also held in collaboration with CBRL.

Dr Mirjam Twigt

CBRL Fellow (

Mirjam Twigt is an anthropologist, who has specialised in media-use by and for forced migrants. She holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam and a MSc in International Development Studies with a focus on Humanitarian aid, conducted at Wageningen University. Mirjam conducted her PhD at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her PhD-thesis “The Mediation of Prolonged Displacement in the Everyday Iraqi Refugee Household in Jordan” drew upon ethnographic research and considered the interplay between living in prolonged legal and social uncertainty and media-use. She argues that conflict-affected migrants should also be considered as digital connected.

During her time at CBRL’s British Institute in Amman, Mirjam will explore how refugees’ interpretations of humanitarian aid are influenced by increased affordability and availability of information and communication technologies.

Past CBRL Fellows and Scholars at the British Institute in Amman include:


Dr Oroub El AbedDr Jamie Allinson, Dr Alex BellemDr Francesca Burke, Dr Lucy Bennison-ChapmanDr Jennie Bradbury, Dr Michael G. Brown, Dr Paul Burtenshaw, Alison Damick, Dr Kay Dickinson, Allison Hartnett, Dr Christopher Harker, Dr Piotr Jacobbson, Shazia Jagot, Yusuke KawamuraProf. Christopher KnüselDr Phil LeechDr Ebtihal MahadeenDr Lisa MaherDr Simon Mills, Dr Marta Pietrobelli, Dr Claire Rambeau, Zoe-Louise Robinson, Dr Jehan Saleh, Dr Micaela Sinibaldi, Stefan L. Smith, Dr Hanan Toukan, Dr Lucy WadesonDr Andrea Zerbini, Dr Tiffany Chezum, Reema Salha Fadda, Dr Vanessa Iaria, Dr Marlena Whiting.

Past British Institute Amman - Qasid Arabic Institute Scholars:

Craig Browne, Rachel Dryden, John Hayhurst, Dr Ahmad Khan, Dr Kevin James Lewis, Caelum Moffatt, Beckie Ryan, Claire Thong, Matthew Vickery, Jonathan Peters, Guy Eyre, Olivia Mason, Lauren Hayles, Ann-Christin Wagner, Frederick Wojnarowski.

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