Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Farès K Moussa

Tunisian born British anthropologist and archaeologist Farès Moussa has degrees from the University of East London, University College, London, the University of Edinburgh and the École normal supérieure, (Paris), and is currently researching his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. His expertise includes Neolithic, Berber, Phoenician and Roman archaeology and contemporary Amazigh (Berber) and Islamic traditions.

Farès has done extensive fieldwork in, and published widely on, North African archaeology; he has also led many cultural tours to North Africa. He has taught for the University of Edinburgh, Kings College London/Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet School, (Covent Garden).

Among many articles, he has published ‘Sahara, Cultures in Crisis’ in the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology; ‘Berber, Phoenicio-Punic & Greek North Africa’, and ‘Roman Africa & the Sahara Desert’, in the Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology, as well as articles in The Libyan Studies Journal and The Journal of African Studies. He has also given papers for conferences in Istanbul and at the universities of Leicester, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Leiden, (University College) Dublin, New York and Bielefeld (Germany).

Among a number of projects, he has acted as Field Director for the University of Leicester’s Ghadames Archaeological Survey; Cemetery Survey and Excavation Supervisor for the Department of Antiquities (Tripoli) / Leicester University, for which he has also worked on museum cataloguing. Farès is fluent in English, French and Tunisian Arabic, and also reads Biblical Hebrew.

Farès’ professional expertise is not restricted to his core academic studies. He has extraordinary experience in tour lecturing and operation as well as management for institutions and projects as diverse as the Royal Opera House (House Manager: operations and commercial), the Cabinet Office, Whitehall (Executive Officer), the Leith Theatre Trust, Edinburgh (Director of Finance and Operations), the Strode Theatre (Theatre Manager/Director) and even Buckingham Palace (Security Supervisor). He counts photography amongst his many interests.



His published work includes:

  • Moussa, F. K, ‘Berber, Phoenicio-Punic, and Greek North Africa’. In Mitchell, P. and Lane, P. Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Leone, A. and Moussa, F. K, ‘Roman Africa and the Sahara’. In Mitchell, P. and Lane, P. Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Moussa. F. K. Review of D.J. Mattingly. ‘The Archaeology of Fazzān: Volume 3, Excavations of C.M. Daniels’ (2010). Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 9 (2), 2011.
  • Mattingly, D. J., AL-Aghab, S., Ahmed, M., Moussa, F. K., Sterry, M. & Wilson, A, ‘DMP X: Survey and Landscape Conservation Issues around the Tāqallit headland.’ Libyan Studies, Vol. 41, pp. 105-132, 2010.
  • Barnett, T. with a contribution by Moussa, F. K, ‘DMP VII: Style, symbolism and cultural identity in the Wadi al-Hayat: results of fieldwork in 2008 and 2009.’ Libyan Studies, Vol. 40, pp. 155-170, 2009.
  • Moussa, F.K & Mireya Gonzalez Rodriquez, ‘DMP V: Investigations in 2009 of Cemeteries and related sites on the west side of the Taqallit promontory‘.
  • Moussa, F. K, Book Review of Stone, D. L. & Stirling, L. M. (eds.). (2007). ‘Mortuary Landscapes of North Africa’. University of Toronto Press, Toronto. Libyan Studies, Vol. 38, pp. 157-159, 2007.
  • Moussa, F.K, Between the “depraved” and the “civilised”: research traditions and controversies in the study of Punic infant cemeteries, 2007