Professor, scientist, Heidelberg University
Head, German Archaeological Expedition to Zafar, Yemen, to 2012
Head, German Archaeological Expedition to Orissa, 2000-2004
Paul Alan Yule is an archaeologist at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg. He studied at the University of Minnesota, New York University and Marburg University. His main focuses are the archaeology of India, Oman and the Yemen.
In the 1990s he catalogued and evaluated metallic artifacts of the so-called Copper Hoard Culture by means of European methods for the first time, whereby numerous finds came to light in the Kanya Gurukul in Narela, Haryana. Yule documented the early historic fortress at Sisupalgarh by means of a laser scanner, ground penetrating radar and a GPS receiver. From 2001-2004 in India, Yule documented so-called forts and other archaeological sites for the first time, especially in Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
Yule's work at the site of Zafar, capital of the Himyarite Confederation, in the Yemen, began in 1998 and illuminates especially on the culture of the Himyarite period.
Yule's study of the prehistory of Oman of the 1990s deals with the Bronze Age tower tombs of Jaylah on the Jebel Akhdar, which date to the 3rd millennium BCE. A further project, the cataloguing of the metal hoard find from Ibri-Selme, which he published with Gerd Weisgerber, concentrates on the largest hoard of metallic artifacts to occur in the Near East.