Welcome to the Society for Libyan Studies

The Society for Libyan Studies is a British academic body, sponsored by the British Academy, which since 1969 has fostered and developed links between British and Libyan scholars in a wide range of fields including the natural sciences, linguistics, archaeology, history and geography. It publishes a journal, detailed reports on its field projects, and a popular series of travel books. It also runs a regular lecture series in London on a wide range of topics relating to Libyan culture and heritage, which are open to the public.

‘Promoting the archaeology, history and environment of Libya’

Libya is a country which has always been the focus of human civilisation and development, as witnessed by the country’s five sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. However, Libya’s heritage encompasses a much older record of human activity extending for hundreds of thousands of years. The Society and its teams conducting field research in Libya have received much help and support from people in Libya since the Society’s inception, and all those who have worked there have been impressed by the generosity and spirit of Libyan citizens.

Since its foundation in 1969 the Society has sponsored many differing projects in Libya within the subject areas of archaeology, education, geography, geology, history and Islamic law. Hitherto it has concentrated on supporting long-term archaeological projects and their subsequent publication, including excavations and surveys at Euesperides (Benghazi), Sidi Khrebish (Berenice), Cyrene, Lepcis Magna and in the Fezzan, but recent projects have included a multi-disciplinary survey in the pre-desert valleys of Tripolitania, Islamic excavations at Barca (El Merj) and Medinet Sultan, and the publication of excavations conducted at Sabratha and Lepcis Magna in the 1950s.