The Palaeolithic Research Agenda for Qatar as presented here is primarily concerned with academic and scientific research rather than any management issues.
Advances in knowledge rely on measures taken now to preserve enough physical and documentary evidence to secure an understanding of the Palaeolithic of Qatar. To this end, a research methodology has been developed by the PADMAC Unit, under the direction of Dr Julie Scott-Jackson (University of Oxford). The focus of the methodology is the use of a Palaeolithic Survey Grid (PSG) for Qatar.
is a matrix of 4km x 4km grid squares (see Figure 1) which cover the
Qatar (the PSG coordinates comply with the Qatar
National Grid system).
Each specific grid square in the PSG has a unique
allows repeatable, testable fieldwork data sets to be produced. The use
method facilitates both the coordination of Palaeolithic field
(wherever in Qatar they are conducted) and retention/access to the
generated. The Palaeolithic Survey Grid master
record, in addition to
all other relevant data, is held on the QNHER GIS Database.
The aim of the PSG methodology is to ensure that whenever Palaeolithic investigations are undertaken in Qatar, the resultant data is incorporated into the Palaeolithic database. Recording the presence or absence of Palaeolithic archaeology in any one place has a two-fold purpose. Firstly, it allows for the monitoring of areas that may be affected by weather and geomorphological processes that can effectively reveal or cover artefact scatters. Secondly, having determined with certainty the presence or absence of Palaeolithic archaeology, a better understanding of the Palaeolithic use of the landscape as a whole can be achieved. If Palaeolithic surface scatters (or indeed isolated artefacts) are found, then appropriate methodologies must be deployed to investigate such archaeology (for additional information and methodologies, see Scott-Jackson J.E. et al., 2008:51).