Boyo Ockinga

Associate Professor

1977 …2019
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Boyo Ockinga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History, and member of the Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment. He studied Ancient History at the University of Auckland (BA 1973; MA 1975) and went on to study Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany (1976-1983), where he obtained a DPhil in Egyptology in 1983. Before coming to Macquarie in 1984 he was Assistant in the Department of Egyptology, Tübingen (1982-1984). At Macquarie he teaches Egyptology with a focus on philology and religion.

Research interests

Since 1984 Boyo Ockinga has conducted regular fieldwork projects in Egypt at a number of sites - Nag El Mashayikh, Awlad Azzaz (Sohag), Dra Abu El Naga (Luxor) and Saqqara - working on the epigraphic and archaeological recording of New Kingdom tombs. Since 1991 he has directed the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project at Dra Abu El Naga.
Other research interests are Egyptian language, religion and history, in particular in the New Kingdom. He is also actively involved in research on the reception of Ancient Egypt in Australasia and the and publication of Egyptian objects in Australian museums and collections.


Boyo Ockinga teaches ancient Egyptian language, religion and history (New Kingdom, in particular the Amarna Period, reigns of Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun).

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Projects 2007 2015

Research Outputs 1977 2019

A son welcomes his father to the netherworld: an unusual funerary text from TT 233

Ockinga, B. G., 2019, En détail – Philologie und Archäologie im Diskurs: Festschrift für Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert. Brose, M., Dils, P., Naether, F., Popko, L. & Raue, D. (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, Vol. 2. p. 815-829 15 p. (Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde – Beiheft; vol. 7).

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


What the 'Noble Traveller' got up to in Thebes: Lord Belmore's 'Herculean undertaking' in TT 148

Ockinga, B. G., 2019, Journeys erased by time: the rediscovered footprints of travellers in Egypt and the Near East. Cooke, N. (ed.). Oxford: Archaeopress, p. 157-172 16 p.

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A magical plate in the Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University: a tool of trade of an ancient Egyptian medico-magical practitioner

Ockinga, B. G., 2018, Across the Mediterranean – along the Nile: studies in Egyptology, Nubiology and Late Antiquity dedicated to László Török on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Bács, T. A., Bollók, Á. & Vida, T. (eds.). Budapest: Archaeolingua, Vol. 1. p. 243-258 16 p.

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Ancient Cultures
Late Period

The Satrap Stele of Ptolemy: a reassessment

Ockinga, B. G., 2018, Ptolemy I and the transformation of Egypt, 404-282 BCE. McKechnie, P. & Cromwell, J. A. (eds.). Leiden ; Boston: Brill, p. 166-198 33 p. (Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity; vol. 415).

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The tomb of Amenmose (TT149) and the title sš wdḥw: preliminary results of current work in Dra Abu El-Naga

Ockinga, B. & Binder, S., 13 Jun 2018, In : Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology. 26, p. 53-70 18 p.

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Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Egyptology Symposium: Applying new methodologies and rediscovering old sources

Karin Sowada (Organiser), Boyo Ockinga (Organiser), Alice McClymont (Organiser)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...