Fabulous lecturers with excellent content on a wide range of Egyptology topics.
Dr Patryk Chudzik is an Assistant Professor at the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. He studied Prehistory, as well as Oriental and Classical Archaeology at the universities in Poznań and Wrocław. He received his PhD on the topography and architecture of the Theban necropolis in the Middle Kingdom (2017). He is the director of the Polish-Egyptian archaeological and conservation expedition to Deir el-Bahri and the co-director of the Polish Archaeological Expedition to North Asasif.
Aidan Dodson has taught at Bristol University since 1996, and was appointed honorary Professor of Egyptology in 2018. A graduate of Liverpool & Cambridge Universities, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Aidan was Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for spring 2013, and was Chair of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016. He is the Chairman of the Egypt Society of Bristol and the author of more than 25 books and 400 articles and reviews on both Egyptology and modern naval history. His latest Egyptological book is The Nubian Pharaohs: their Lives and afterlives, due to be published by the American University in Cairo Press in October of this year.
Henning Franzmeier has been working at Qantir-Piramesse for the past 18 years and directed the excavations since 2015. Over the past ten years, he has taught at UCL Qatar in Doha, the University of Innsbruck, and the University of Bologna.
In 2014, he received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on the New Kingdom cemeteries at the Middle Egyptian site of Sedment – a reassessment of the 1920/21 excavations of William Matthew Flinders Petrie. His MA thesis at the University of Göttingen dealt with a well of Ramesses II at Samana near Qantir-Piramesse.
His interests range from settlement archaeology to the history of Egyptology and the analysis of funerary assemblages.
Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist based in the UK. She is an Honorary Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, lectures widely, and gives guided tours of museums with Egyptian collections.
She has worked at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, and continues to teach in this museum. She chairs the Friends of the Petrie Museum. She has worked as the Small Finds Registrar at the archaeological site of Amarna in Egypt, and has lead tours to Egypt for over 20 years. Her publications include Egypt: gods, myths and religion.
Wolfram Grajetzki is a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. He studied Egyptology, Prehistory and Classical archaeology in Berlin with his PhD on the highest state officials in the Middle Kingdom (1998). He worked on several projects, including excavations in Egypt and Pakistan and was teaching Egyptology in Berlin, London and Pisa, He published several scholarly and popular articles and books on burial customs and the Middle Kingdom.
Anna Garnett is the Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology, UCL, and has worked at several local, national and university museums in the UK over the past two decades. She earned her PhD from the University of Liverpool and has worked as a ceramicist and finds specialist at sites across Egypt and Sudan for over a decade. Her research interests include New Kingdom ceramics, the distribution and reconciliation of Egyptian and Sudanese object assemblages and archives, and object- and archive-based teaching.
Stephen Harvey has been Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project since 1993, excavating of the pyramidal complex of King Ahmose at Abydos, southern Egypt. He received his Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 1987. Harvey’s fieldwork in and around the pyramid complex of Ahmose (ca 1550-1525 BC) has resulted in major discoveries, including several previously undiscovered temples, the identification of the pyramid of Queen Tetisheri, and the analysis of thousands of fragments of the temples’ decorative program. In addition to extensive fieldwork at Abydos, Harvey has worked in Egypt at Giza and Memphis, as well as on archaeological projects in the United States, Syria (Tell es-Sweyhat), and Turkey (Gordion). Harvey has held teaching and curatorial positions at a number of leading Egyptological institutions, he has been interviewed and consulted on numerous international documentaries. He has led over 25 tours to Egypt, Jordan and Sudan.
Salima Ikram is Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, and is a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. She has worked in Egypt since 1986. After double majoring in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (USA), she received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ikram has written several books (for adults and children) and articles, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians.
Barry Kemp lectured at the University of Cambridge between 1963 and 2007, finally as Professor of Egyptology. He has regularly undertaken fieldwork in Egypt, concentrating on Tell el-Amarna since 1977, first under the auspices of the Egypt Exploration Society and subsequently for the Amarna Project. His interest is primarily in the city itself and what it tells us about life and ideas in Egypt three and a half thousand years ago. Since 2012 he has concentrated on the Great Aten Temple and how it guides us towards a deeper understanding of Akhenaten’s mind. (Photo:A.Mesli)
Robert Morkot gained both his BA and PhD from University College London. Part of his postgraduate studies were spent at the Humboldt University in Berlin (GDR as it was then) which was the leading centre for Meroitic studies. He held a post-doctoral research position at Oxford and for many years taught in the Archaeology Department of a UK University. He was Chair of the Society for Libyan Studies and worked on the Eastern Marmarica Coastal Survey, and served for a long time on the Committee and Board of the EES. He is currently President of the Friends of the Petrie Museum. His best-known books are The Black Pharaohs, Egypt’s Nubian Rulers and (along with colleagues) the controversial Centuries of Darkness.
Maiken Mosleth King is a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Bristol, where she is also finalising her PhD thesis on funerary stelae and identity in Roman Egypt. She has previously completed a BA and MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. She has published academic articles in Gottinger Miszellen and the Journal of History and Cultures, as well as contributing to the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Emotions in Antiquity and Ancient Egypt’ at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. Her linguistic skills are broad and include Coptic, Classical Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Phoenician, classical Arabic and hieroglyphs, which she has taught for a number of years.
Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster and author of Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt and Egyptologists’ Notebooks. He has presented numerous television documentaries, including The Man Who Discovered Egypt (BBC4 2012), Secrets of King Tut’s Treasures (Channel 5, 2018) and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Channel 4, 2019). He was Director (CEO) of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2012 to 2016 and President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015 to 2019.
Paul T. Nicholson is a professor of archaeology at Cardiff University where he specialises in Egyptian archaeology and early technology. He has excavated in Egypt since 1983, first as a member of the Amarna expedition where he subsequently directed his own work culminating in Brilliant Things for Akhenaten (2007) and at Memphis and Saqqara as well as being involved in work at a variety of other sites in Egypt including the South Assasif, Berenike and Hatnub. The work he directed at Memphis is published as Working in Memphis (2013). He has also edited (with Professor Ian Shaw) and part written Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries (2000). The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt was also co-written with Professor Shaw (1995/2008). His recent work at Saqqara The Catacombs of Anubis at North Saqqara: an archaeological perspective has just been published (2021) by Peeters/British Museum.
Nicky Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester. He is the director of the Tell Nabasha Survey Project and the author of several books about ancient Egypt as well as the academic monograph Subsistence Strategies and Craft Production at the Ancient Egyptian Ramesside Fort of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023).
Diana T. Nikolova is a Collections and Exhibitions Officer at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology. Her research focuses on Ptolemaic coinage as well as the history of museums, the formation of museum collections and the exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Maria Nilsson is a research fellow and associate professor at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University. She is the mission director of the Gebel el-Silsila Project since its start in 2012, including the areas of Nag el-Hammam and Shatt el-Rigal. Her primary research topics include the study of quarry marks/symbols and quarryscape epigraphy, as well as prehistoric rock art.
John Ward is a research assistant at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University. He is the assistant director of the Gebel el-Silsila Project since its start in 2012. His primary research topics include landscape archaeology, the study of quarryscape infrastructure and architecture at large.
Luigi Prada is Assistant Professor of Egyptology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Formerly, he was a member of the Egyptology departments of Oxford, Heidelberg, and Copenhagen University. Within Egyptology, he specialises in textual, religious, and social studies, with particular focus on the Late and Graeco-Roman Periods. He is passionate about fieldwork, and is Assistant Director of the Oxford / Uppsala epigraphic team working with Egyptian colleagues in Elkab, southern Egypt; he has also participated in fieldwork in Sudan. He is currently President of the Society of Friends and Collaborators of the Museo Egizio in Turin (ACME).
Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He undertook his BA, MA and PhD in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and is currently Chair of Trustees at the Egypt Exploration Society. He has published widely on ancient Egyptian material culture, most recently Golden Mummies of Egypt: Interpreting Identities from the Graeco-Roman Period (Manchester University Press, 2023). He is co-editor (with Stephanie Boonstra) of Ancient Egypt in 50 EES Discoveries (2024). Campbell has lectured extensively throughout the UK and internationally.
Steven Snape is Honorary Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, he has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1994, and he was Director of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology. He is a specialist in the history and culture of the New Kingdom. He has extensive fieldwork experience in Egypt and has directed several archaeological excavations at sites including the Eastern Delta, Abydos, and the ongoing work at the Ramesside fortress of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. At Abydos Steven directed fieldwork for the University of Pennsylvania at the Seti I Cenotaph Temple Complex. Steven’s Ph.D was on the excavations of John Garstang at Abydos from 1906-1909. His current research focus is on the sacred landscape of ancient Egypt.
Joyce Tyldesley teaches Egyptology online for Manchester University. Author of a wide variety of academic and popular books for adults & children, including books to accompany the television series Private Lives of the Pharaohs, Egypt’s Golden Empire and Egypt. In January 2008 her book Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt, was the Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. Her play for children, The Lost Scroll, premiered at Kendal Museum in 2011. Her book Tutankhamen’s Curse ( Tutankhamen in the USA) was awarded the 2014 Felicia A. Holton Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America. Her most recent book, Tutankhamun: Pharaoh, Icon, Enigma, was published in 2022.”
Penny Wilson is an Associate Professor in Egyptian Archaeology in the Dept. Archaeology at Durham University, where she has worked for the last 20 years and before then, she was Assistant Keeper in the Dept. Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She studied at Liverpool University, where she completed her PhD, now published as ‘A Ptolemaic Lexikon’. She is currently the Director of the Delta Survey Project for the Egypt Exploration Society and field director of the Royal City of Sais Project. Her interests include religious life in Ancient Egypt, settlement archaeology and the Late period to Late Antique Nile Delta. Her publications include field reports on the Sais excavations and Delta survey work as well as ‘Sacred Signs’ an introduction to the role of hieroglyphs in ancient Egypt.
Bernadette Brady has a PhD in Anthropology (2012) an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (2005), and a MA in Egyptology from Manchester University (2022). Since 2008 she has been a tutor in the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK. Her research interests are in varying forms of cultural astronomy, primarily Egyptian religious astronomy, sky mythology and the cultural implications of star phases. In 2019 she was the course directory of the BBS Summer School in Luxor on Ancient Egyptian Astronomy. Her publications include the cultural astronomy contained in examples of Egyptian astronomy (Oxbow 2012), the orientation of the Solstical Churches of North Wales (JSA, 2017) and the solar discourse in Cistercian Welsh abbeys (Citeaux, 2016, 2022). She has also authored Cosmos, Chaosmos and Astrology (London: Sophia Centre Press, 2014) and co-edited Space, Place and Religious Landscapes, Living Mountains London, NY, Oxford Bloomsbury. She lectures widely on Egyptian religious astronomy and she currently lives in Devon UK.
I guess most clubs meet monthly but Kemet Klub is the exception and thank goodness for that. I have learned so much and look forward to the courses immensely. Big thanks to all of the organisers, long may it continue.
A great opportunity to attend online lectures and to meet, if only virtually, like-minded people. The catch-up videos for the language courses are a terrific resource if you are not in the UK time zone, or miss a lecture.
Kemet Klub provide a range of fascinating courses that have kept me entertained and educated in a friendly and welcoming environment. I am in awe of Ali, Josie and Bernadette and can't thank them enough for all their hard work on behalf of us Egyptophiles.