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Martin Bommas is Professor and Museum Director at Macquarie University in Sydney and the Director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project (QHRP) in Aswan. Prior to his position at Macquarie, he studied Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg (MA 1994; PhD 2000), was Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Basel (2004-2006) and the University of Zurich (2005), Senior Lecturer and Reader in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham (2006-2014; 2014-2018), and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology (2014-2018). In addition to his work at Qubbet el-Hawa, he has been involved in archaeological projects at Elephantine and Thebes in Egypt, and Karakorum in Pakistan. He has discovered and published Egyptian papyrus collections in Heidelberg, The Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Nicholson Collection in Sydney. In the museum sector, he contributed to the establishment the Archaeological Museum at Elephantine (1995-1998) and worked as Curator of the Eton Myers Collection at the University of Birmingham (2010-2018).
Since his involvement in archaeological fieldwork in 1989, Martin’s research has examined the Old and Middle Kingdom settlement remains and the 18th Dynasty temple of Khnum at Elephantine, as well as the Old and Middle Kingdom Lower Necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa. His research interests also encompass ancient Egyptian mortuary liturgies, rituals and religious texts spanning the Old Kingdom to the Christian era. Martin has also taught extensively, covering topics of Egyptian religious beliefs and practices, the Egyptian language (all phases) and texts, the Egyptian Mysteries in Greece and Rome, and archaeology. As a museum director, his focus is on historical anthropology, decolonisation and the repatriation of stolen artefacts.
Egyptology, PhD, Heidelberg University
Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, M.A., Heidelberg University
Reader in Egyptology, University of Birmingham2014 → 2018
Curator of the Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art, Eton College, Windsor2010 → 2018
Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of BirminghamSep 2006 → 2014
Referee, Swiss Federal Office of Culture for Federal Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property (CPTA)2005 → 2008
Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Zurich2005
Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Basel2004 → 2006
Assistant Professor at the Egyptological Seminar, University of Basel2001 → 2004
Lecturer in Egyptology, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg1994 → 2002
University Tutor of Middle Egyptian Language and Grammar, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg1991 → 1994
Research Associate in the Library, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg1988
1/01/08 → 31/12/10
Research Output per year
Die Verklärungstexte des Sarkophages des Anchhapi (CG 29301): Ein Ptolemäisches Sargbuch aus Saqqara und sein kulturelles Umfeld
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Shallow bowls for mortuary meals from Tarkhan: archaeology of the path towards the intellectual formation of the state in Early Dynastic EgyptBommas, M. & Khalifa, E., 2019, In : Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo. 74 (2018), p. 21-32 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Empire: 23 November 2018 - 22 March 2019: a Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition in collaboration with the Museum of Ancient CulturesBommas, M. (ed.) & Davis, R. (ed.), 2018, Sydney: Macquarie University. 73 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Edited Book/Anthology
Interfaith dialogue in ancient Egypt: the anthropology of intercultural discourse in New Kingdom Elephantine and Deir el-MedinehBommas, M., Sep 2018, In : Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni. 84, 1, p. 131-143 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Conference paper
Martin Bommas (Recipient), 2012
Prize: Teaching award
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