12-1.30pm (Brazil) / 3-4.30pm (UK) / 4-5.30pm (Egypt)

How do we measure sensory effects of the material record? Can we identify an Egyptian approach to space, in terms of colour, light, smells, sounds, temperature, and the disposition of objects? Is this visible in Nubia and the Levant and if so, to what extent is it dependent upon access to the Egyptian material culture?


Anna Stevens
Monash University

Anna is an archaeologist, specialising in ancient Egypt, with research interests that include urbanism in the ancient world, lived religion, cultural interaction and the archaeology of cult. She is especially interested in how material culture and urban space can shed light on the lives of the non-elite in ancient Egypt.

Anna has worked as an archaeologist in Egypt, Sudan, the UK and Australia, but my primary fieldwork project is at the New Kingdom city of Akhetaten, built by Egypt’s monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten. She is the Assistant Director of the Amarna Project (University of Cambridge), the long-running archaeological expedition to the site.

Her main research focus at present is the multidisciplinary investigation of the non-elite cemeteries of Amarna, co-directed with Dr Gretchen Dabbs (Southern Illinois University) and funded by sources that have included the National Endowment for the Humanities, British Academy and the Egypt Exploration Society. The project integrates archaeology and bioarchaeology to shed new light onto health in ancient urban centres, non-elite funerary practice in ancient Egypt and life under Akhenaten

Linda Hulin
University of Oxford

Linda Hulin is Research Officer at OCMA, School of Archaeology and Fellow and Lecturer in archaeology at Harris Manchester College. Her interests centre upon the materiality of interregional contact across the eastern Mediterranean, and particularly the Levant, Egypt, Cyprus and Libya. She has researched the impact of empire on both rulers and ruled in the Late Bronze Age, and she focuses generally upon the relationship between aesthetic sensibilities and social identification in both the ancient and modern world.

Raphael Greenberg
Tel-Aviv University

Raphael Greenberg teaches archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He is director of the Tel Bet Yerah excavation and publication project and has written widely on Early Bronze Age urbanization and negotiation of cultural identities. His most recent book is The Archaeology of the Bronze Age Levant: From Urban Origins to the Demise of City States, 3700 – 1000 BCE (Cambridge 2019).  

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