Graeme Barker is Disney Professor of Archaeology Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. His extensive archaeological field experience includes directing multi-period and multi-disciplinary investigations in Jordan, Libya and currently at Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Elizabeth Fentress is a visiting professor at UCL who has directed major projects in Italy and North Africa. She is responsible for two important digital projects; the Fasti Online, and the North African Heritage Archives Network (NAHAN).

Kevin MacDonald holds a PhD from Cambridge (1994) and is Professor of African Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Programme Chair of UCL African Studies. He has directed fieldwork in Mali and Mauritania for more than 25 years, covering a wide range of subjects ranging from early agriculture, state formation and urban origins, to interdisciplinary work on historical archaeology and oral traditions. Since 2012 he has been involved with preserving and recording Mali’s archaeological heritage in a time of conflict.

Michael C. A. Macdonald is a Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He studies the languages, scripts and inscriptions of ancient Arabia, along with the rock art and the history of the nomads. He has lived in Jordan and worked there and in Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Judith McKenzie is Director of Manar al-Athar. She is a University Research Lecturer in the Faculties of Oriental Studies and Classics at the University of Oxford. She is currently Principal Investigator on the ERC Advanced project Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage.

Roger Matthews is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Reading, and President of RASHID International (Research, Assessment, Safeguarding the Heritage of Iraq in Danger). He was previously Director and Chairman of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, and Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. With Dr Wendy Matthews, he is Co-Director of the Central Zagros Archaeological Project, investigating the origins of settled farming life in the Zagros mountains of western Iran and eastern Iraq, 10,000–7000 BC.

Colin Renfrew holds a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. After lecturing in Archaeology at Sheffield and then Southampton he was Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge from 1981 to 2004. He continues to excavate in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and sits in the House of Lords as Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.

Dr Susan Walker FSA is an Emerita Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She was Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum from 2004–2014 and President of the Society for Libyan Studies from 2012–2016. She is Co-PI of Libyan Antiquities at Risk.