Liam McNamaraLiam McNamara is Assistant Keeper (Curator) for Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the Ashmolean Museum and Director of the Griffith Institute at the University of Oxford. He was Lead Curator on the redevelopment of the Ashmolean’s galleries for ancient Egypt and Nubia which opened to the public in November 2011. He also co-curated (with Paul Collins) the temporary exhibition Discovering Tutankhamun at the Ashmolean in 2014. Prior to his appointment in Oxford, Liam was a Project Curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum. Liam’s research interests centre on the archaeology and material culture of ancient Egypt and Sudan, specialising in the late Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods. He is also interested in the history of museums, particularly the relationship between archaeological fieldwork, object distribution and the development of museum collections, as well as the disciplinary histories of archaeology, anthropology and Egyptology. He is currently a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project, Artefacts of Excavation, examining the distribution of objects from British excavations in Egypt from 1880-1980, in which the EES is a major partner. Liam has worked as an archaeological illustrator and field archaeologist on excavations at Kom Firin in the western Nile Delta (directed by Neal Spencer) and at Hierakonpolis in southern Egypt (directed by Renée Friedman). He has also worked on an epigraphic survey of sites in northern Sudan with the British Museum (directed by Vivian Davies).