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