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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).

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

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

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

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

External positions

Editor-in-chief Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Egypt Exploration Society, London

5 Jan 201415 Aug 2018

Reader in Egyptology, University of Birmingham


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


Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Birmingham

Sept 20062014

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


Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Zurich


Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Basel


Assistant Professor at the Egyptological Seminar, University of Basel


Lecturer in Egyptology, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg


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


Research Associate in the Library, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg



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