Title : Coins from Al-Zubarah, Qatar: A historical-scientific study
A surface archaeological coins “Zu/111 found at the old town of Al-Zubarah, Qatar” has been analysed complementarily using historic and scientific characterization techniques. For example, a scanning electron microscope coupled with energy dispersive x-ray (EDS) unit, an x-ray fluorescence (XRF) microprobe and an x-ray Diffractometer(XRD) were used in order to investigate the chemical composition and the different phases of the coin alloy. This research used integrated methodologies and techniques to examine and interpret the coin and link it to its original archaeological context. A description of the front and rear sides of the coin followed by comments on the design, engraved text, coin calculation method, geographical locations, minting techniques, calligraphy, currency was analyzed in details. This work investigated historically using scientific tools how this coin travelled from Istanbul, Turkey to Al-Zubarah, Qatar
Noora Al-Qahtani joined Qatar university in 2008, and she is currently a Research Associate, Center for Advanced Materials at the Qatar University. She is also in a final year in her PhD study at a department of material science and engineering at Imperial College London-UK. Noora earned her MSc. from the University of Sheffield in 2015, in Materials Science and Engineering. She is also introducing higher-level research among high school students to promote the young researcher towards scientific education. She also authored numerous peer-reviewed journals and conference papers. Her current research focus in areas of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, and educational research for young students. In addition, her interests encompass archaeology from a scientific aspect. She is a member of the Institute of Materials Mining and Minerals from 2015 and a member of the NACE International-The Worldwide Corrosion Authority and Electrochemical Society (ECS) from 2015. Noora is also the Co-team leader of the Al-Bairaq whose vision is to develop Qatar as a knowledge-based society, enriching its human capital through prioritizing the importance of forging links and building bridges between high school students and educational institutions. Over the years she has been actively involved in Teaching, Research along with Admin works in various capacities.