Martin Bommas

Professor, Dr

1993 …2019
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Biography

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).

Research interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Egyptology, PhD, Heidelberg University

Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, M.A., Heidelberg University

External positions

Reader in Egyptology, University of Birmingham

20142018

Curator of the Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art, Eton College, Windsor

20102018

Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Birmingham

Sep 20062014

Referee, Swiss Federal Office of Culture for Federal Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property (CPTA)

20052008

Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Zurich

2005

Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Basel

20042006

Assistant Professor at the Egyptological Seminar, University of Basel

20012004

Lecturer in Egyptology, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg

19942002

University Tutor of Middle Egyptian Language and Grammar, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg

19911994

Research Associate in the Library, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg

1988

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Projects 1994 2010

JISC: Eton Myers Collection Virtual Museum

Bommas, M.

1/10/081/09/09

Project: Research

Late-Egyptian Ritual Papyri in the British Museum

Bommas, M. & Assmann, J.

1/01/0131/12/03

Project: Research

Egyptian Mortuary Liturgies

Bommas, M. & Assmann, J.

1/01/9431/12/00

Project: Research

Egyptian Mortuary Liturgies

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Project: Research

Research Outputs 1993 2019

Die Verklärungstexte des Sarkophages des Anchhapi (CG 29301): Ein Ptolemäisches Sargbuch aus Saqqara und sein kulturelles Umfeld

Bommas, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Heidelberg: Winter Verlag Heidelberg. 226 p. (Altägyptische Totenliturgien ; vol. V)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Cairo
Granite
Glorification
Cultural Context
Saqqara

Masks in Ancient Egypt: emergence, development, function and use

Bommas, M. & Khalifa, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Masks in the ancient world. Barbanera, M. (ed.). University of Roma La Sapienza, 20 p.

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

Archaeology
Bowl
Egypt
Meal
Elites

Interfaith dialogue in ancient Egypt: the anthropology of intercultural discourse in New Kingdom Elephantine and Deir el-Medineh

Bommas, M., Sep 2018, In : Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni. 84, 1, p. 131-143 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference paperResearchpeer-review

Anthropology
New Kingdom
Neighbors
Ancient Egypt
Interfaith Dialogue

Prizes

supervision
art
Law

Fieldwork Funding

Martin Bommas (Recipient), 2017

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Fieldwork Funding

Martin Bommas (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Other distinction

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Research funding

Martin Bommas (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Other distinction

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Activities 1990 2019

Excavations at Qubbet el-Hawa

Martin Bommas (Speaker)
22 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The New Faculty of Arts Museum

Martin Bommas (Speaker)
19 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

New Discoveries at Qubbet el-Hawa

Martin Bommas (Speaker)
12 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Osirian Cult Songs

Martin Bommas (Speaker)
16 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Osirian Cult Songs – the discovery of a new genre of texts

Martin Bommas (Speaker)
30 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation