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Biography

I am a historian and archaeologist exploring the links between cultural encounters and socio-cultural transformations. My research has focussed on intercultural relations between ancient Egyptians and their neighbours, particularly those of the Near East, during the Third and Second Millennia BC. I am particularly interested in the nature and processes related to the dynamic movement of concepts, objects and people across geographic, social and cultural borders, and how this could lead to change. 

In 2014, I was awarded a PhD at Macquarie University looking into Egyptian-Levantine relations during the Middle Bronze Age and how they were connected to the 'Rise of the Hyksos'. In 2017, I joined the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Enigma of the Hyksos', directed by Manfred Bietak at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. As part of this multidisciplinary team, I have researched the impact of the Hyksos and consistent Middle Bronze Age interactions on Middle to New Kingdom Egyptian culture, politics, and society, leading Research Track 5 on Multidirectional Cultural Interference Studies.

My current Macquarie University Research Fellowship focusses on The Ties that Bind networks of contact and exchange. It aims to identify the processes through which communities negotiate and maintain foreign relations by examining interactions between ancient Egypt and the Near East in the first half of the Second Millennium BC. Using archaeological and historical material as well as current anthropological and sociological theories, the project questions how the complex networks of the first known 'International Age' were forged. 

Other research interests include Old and Middle Kingdom tomb art  and architecture, as well as digital epigraphic and archaeological technologies. I have also worked with several expeditions in Australia, and particularly Egypt (Saqqara and Beni Hassan).

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History, PhD, Macquarie University

15 Nov 201026 Sep 2014

Ancient History, Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours), Macquarie University

Mar 2006Jul 2010

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Feb 2017Jan 2020

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Outputs 2011 2020

Foreigners at Beni Hassan: evidence from the Tomb of Khnumhotep I

Mourad, A-L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cultural relations
Egypt
recording
interaction
evidence

Beni Hassan: volume V: the tomb of Khnumhotep I

Lashien, M. & Mourad, A-L., 2019, Oxford: Aris and Phillips. 45 p. (Australian Centre for Egyptology Reports; no. 43)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Tombs
Egyptians
Governor
Egypt
Hunting

Further observations on Ugarit and Egypt in the Early New Kingdom

Cooper, J. & Mourad, A-L., 2019, In : Göttinger Miszellen. 258, p. 63-74 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

New Kingdom
Egypt
Ugarit
Orthography
Place Names

On cultural interference and the Egyptian storm god

Mourad, A-L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Enigma of the Hyksos, vol. 1: ASOR Conference Boston 2017 - ICAANE Conference Munich 2018 – Collected Papers. Bietak, M. & Prell, S. (eds.). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 225-237 13 p. (Contributions to the Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Levant; vol. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

god
interference
Academy of Sciences
sociological theory
contact

DStretch® and Egyptian tomb paintings: a case study from Beni Hassan

Evans, L. & Mourad, A-L., Apr 2018, In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 18, p. 78-84 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

art
cemetery
Egypt
recording
animal