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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
Award Date: 1 Jul 2000
Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, M.A., Heidelberg University
Award Date: 1 Jul 1994
Editor-in-chief Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Egypt Exploration Society, London
5 Jan 2014 → 15 Aug 2018
Reader in Egyptology, University of Birmingham
2014 → 2018
Curator of the Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art, Eton College, Windsor
2010 → 2018
Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Birmingham
Sep 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 Zurich
Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Basel
2004 → 2006
Assistant Professor at the Egyptological Seminar, University of Basel
2001 → 2004
Lecturer in Egyptology, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg
1994 → 2002
University Tutor of Middle Egyptian Language and Grammar, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg
1991 → 1994
Research Associate in the Library, Egyptological Institute, Heidelberg
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Bommas, M., 2022, 100 treasures / 100 emotions: the Macquarie University History Museum. Bommas, M. (ed.). Lewes, UK: Giles Ltd., p. 8-11 4 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Bommas, M. (ed.), 2021, London: Giles Ltd. 72 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Edited Book/Anthology › peer-review
Bommas, M., 2021
Research output: Non-traditional research output › Exhibition
Kanawati, N., Khalifa, E. & Bommas, M., 27 Oct 2021, In: Egyptian Archaeology. 59, p. 37-41 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile
Bommas, M., 2021, East meets West: the Crusades and the Age of Decolonisation. Bommas, M. (ed.). London: Giles Ltd., p. 10-13 3 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Other chapter contribution › peer-review
Bommas, Martin (Recipient), 2012
Prize: Teaching award
Bommas, Martin (Recipient), 16 Jan 2017
Martin Bommas (Speaker)30 Apr 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation › Presentation