Meira Gold

Meira Gold
York University · Department of Humanities

Doctor of Philosophy


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Historian of science specialising in nineteenth-century colonial archaeology. I am particularly interested in histories of Egyptology, the politics of fieldwork, and communication practices. Currently writing my book 'Archaeology from Ruins: Victorian Egyptology and the Making of a Colonial Field Science' which examines the emergence of ‘scientific’ archaeological fieldwork in Egypt.
Additional affiliations
October 2015 - April 2016
University of Cambridge
  • PhD Student
October 2015 - September 2019
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • History of Science/ History of Archaeology
September 2013 - August 2014
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Egyptology
September 2009 - August 2013
University of Toronto
Field of study
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology


Publications (9)
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The 1850s through early 60s was a transformative period for nascent studies of the remote human past in Britain, across many disciplines. Naturalists and scholars with Egyptological knowledge fashioned themselves as authorities to contend with this divisive topic. In a characteristic case of long-distance fieldwork, British geologist Leonard Horner...
This dissertation provides a new account of the origins of archaeological fieldwork in the Nile Delta. It considers how practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds circulated knowledge about the built environment of pharaonic ruins: monuments, architecture, burials, and soil mounds that remained in situ. I trace the development of Egyptolog...
Conference Paper
In the decades before the British military occupation of Egypt and the subsequent institutionalization of British Egyptology in the 1880s, archaeological information was routinely gathered in the field by trusted informants then analysed and further disseminated by scholars in the metropole. This kind of archaeological investigation equally demande...
Conference Paper


Projects (2)
My book manuscript explores the emergence of "scientific" fieldwork in Egypt with special attention to the interaction between fieldwork and popularisation practices.