Boyo Ockinga

Associate Professor

1977 …2022

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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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