Brief summary and discussion of the discoveries from the Moroccan-American excavation of the fortress/town of Qsar el-Seghir on the Moroccan coast of the Straits of Gibraltar. Remains of artifacts and buildings help tell a story of a community that was in the geographic center of the Western Islamic world for several centuries until it was conquered by the Portuguese and for a century was among the earliest overseas European colony.
Dr. Charles Redman has been committed to interdisciplinary research since as an archaeology graduate student he worked closely in the field with botanists, zoologists, geologists, art historians, and ethnographers. Redman received his BA from Harvard University, and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He taught at New York University and at SUNY-Binghamton before coming to Arizona State University (ASU) in 1983. Since then, he served nine years as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, seven years as Director of the Center for Environmental Studies and, in 2004, was chosen to be the Julie Ann Wrigley Director of the newly formed Global Institute of Sustainability. From 2007-2010, Redman directed ASU’s School of Sustainability. Redman’s interests include human impacts on the environment, sustainable landscapes, rapidly urbanizing regions, urban ecology, environmental education, and public outreach. He is the author or co-author of six books including Qsar Es-Seghir: An Archaeological View of Medieval Life (Saint Louis: Elsevier Science, 2014). Redman is currently working on building upon the extensive research portfolio of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and teaching in the School of Sustainability, which is educating a new generation of leaders through collaborative learning, transdisciplinary approaches, and problem-oriented training to address the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st Century.