Julia Hamilton

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I joined the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University in September 2022. Before moving to Australia, I was the NINO Postdoctoral Fellow in Egyptology at Leiden University (2020–22) with a project ‘Writing the self into history: Graffiti from Old Kingdom Saqqara’. I completed a DPhil in Egyptology at the University of Oxford, for which I was awarded a prestigous Clarendon Scholarship (2015–20) to support my studies. Before this, I completed a BA (Hons) and MA in Ancient History at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, while working part-time at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum (2010–15).

Research interests

My research profile sits at the intersection of multiple sub-fields within Egyptology: philology, art history, and archaeological and anthropological theory. I have a particular interest in the materiality and multi-modality of ancient Egyptian language. I am currently working on a monograph with Bloomsbury entitled Lives and afterlives of ancient Egyptian names (due 2024), which builds on my interest in anthopological approaches to the study of ancient Egyptian personal names.


My teaching spans ancient Egyptian language and social history. I have convened graduate courses on photographic history of Egypt, Greece, and the Near East, and undergraduate courses spanning museum-based and digital object handling, ancient Egyptian art and architecture, and civilisation and history especially of the 3rd Millennium BCE.

In 2023 I am convening AHIS3150 Hieroglyphic Egyptian C, AHIS3102 Hieroglyphic Egyptian D, and I am co-convening AHIS3201 Women and Gender in the Ancient World (with Professor Peter Keegan) and AHIS2250 Ancient Egypt: Culture and Society (with Dr Alex Woods).

Research student supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective MRes and PhD candidates whose research interests align with my own, particularly in the art, language, and material culture of Egypt in the 3rd Millennium BCE (Early Dynastic Period through early Middle Kingdom). 

I am interested in supervising projects that overlap with my general research areas:

  • archaeological semiotics and multimodality in art and language 
  • art, language, and material culture of the ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom
  • graffiti studies
  • social anthropological theory in Egyptology

I am also open to co-supervising topics on museology, archival studies, and histories of archaeology, and histories of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in Egypt.

Community engagement

Since 2020, I have been a mentor for Australasian ancient history graduate students for Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), and between 2013–15 I was the co-chair for the Auckland chapter of AWAWS. I have served as chair of the permanent committee of Current Research in Egyptology (2017–18) and was an elected member between 2016–18.

Education/Academic qualification

Egyptology, DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Award Date: 5 Apr 2020

Ancient History, MA (First Class), University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 Nov 2014

Ancient History, BA (Hons) (First Class), University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 May 2013

External positions

Guest Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Sept 2022Sept 2023

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Egyptology, Netherlands Institute for the Near East

1 Sept 202031 Aug 2022

Graduate teaching assistant, University of Oxford

Feb 2017Jun 2020

Graduate teaching assistant, University of Auckland

Feb 2012May 2013


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