11-12.30pm (Brazil) / 3-4.30pm (UK) / 4-5.30pm (Egypt)

A final discussion bringing together all the issues raised in these seminars.


Aaron da Souza
Austrian Archaeological Institute

Aaron is an archaeologist specialising in Nubian material culture of the Second Millennium BCE. He received his PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2017, and is currently a Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Austrian Archaeological Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. His project, ‘Living Nubia’, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), is a comparative survey of indigenous Nubian habitation sites of the Early and Middle Nubian periods. Prior to that, he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, also at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2019–2020). Aaron has worked as Nubian ceramics specialist with the Tell Edfu Project (Yale University) since 2015, and has previously worked on excavation projects at Hierakonpolis, Elephantine, Aswan, Dendara and Helwan, in addition to grant-funded museum-based research projects in Sweden, the UK, the USA, and Italy. Aaron is also a co-founding editor of the new online journal Interdisciplinary Egyptology, hosted by the University of Vienna, and a member of the Publications and Communication Committee of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Julia Budka
Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

Julia Budka studied Egyptology and Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in Egyptology, University of Vienna in 2007. She held a researcher position at Humboldt University Berlin (2004-2012) and was a temporary replacement Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (2011-2012). With a START Prize 2012 and ERC Starting Grant 2012 she implemented her project AcrossBorders at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2015, Julia Budka is Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Art, LMU Munich. In 2019 she received an ERC Consolidator Grant for the DiverseNile project. Her specialty fields are Egyptian field archaeology and material culture and her current research focus is on cultural diversity in the Nile Valley during the Late Bronze Age based on material remains. She conducts excavations in Sudan and Egypt, both at funerary and settlement sites, especially at Luxor (Thebes), Sai Island and between Attab to Ferka (MUAFS and DiverseNile projects).

Nadine Moeller
Yale University

Nadine Moeller is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale with a focus on Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology. Her main research interests include settlement archaeology and urbanism in ancient Egypt, household archaeology and climate change in antiquity. She is author of The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt (Cambridge 2016), and co-editor together with Karen Radner (LMU Munich) and Dan Potts (NYU/ISAW) of the Oxford History of the Ancient Near East (Oxford 2020-), a five-volume project to replace the ‘Cambridge Ancient History’. She also co-edited a volume on the latest research results about the Hyksos ruler Khayan together with Irene Forstner-Müller (ÖAI) entitled The Hyksos Ruler Khyan and the Early Second Intermediate Period in Egypt: Problems and Priorities of Current Research (2018).

In Egypt she has been directing the ongoing excavations at Tell Edfu together with Gregory Marouard since 2010, and she also participated in numerous excavations and fieldwork projects at other sites in Egypt such as Abu Rawash, Memphis, Dendara, Theban West Bank, Valley of the Kings, and Elephantine.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College 2004) and held the Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford (2004-2007).

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