Urban Development and Regional Identities in Middle Egypt: A Deep History of the Asyut Region

From 2017-2019 I was employed as Asyut Project Curator on the British Museum’s Urban Development and Regional Identities in Middle Egypt: A Deep History of the Asyut Region, undertaking research on the artefacts and archives created by David George Hogarth during his excavations at Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi in 1906-1907 and assisting with the GIS for the excavations at Shutb. Since 2019, I have been working on the Hogarth artefacts and archives in the British Museum as an independent researcher. My research is currently focused on locating the tombs Hogarth excavated on the Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi, using Hogarth’s sketch map from the British Museum archives and high- resolution satellite imagery purchased as part of the project.

Asyut Project Curator

GIS, artefact, and archival research

As Asyut Project Curator I was responsible for identifying and accessing relevant archival and published records, researching artefacts, updating the artefact database, providing advice on high-resolution satellite imagery, and undertaking GIS tasks associated with the excavations at Shutb and other research.

Academic Institution
British Museum

Timeline
2017-2019 (including maternity leave)

Role
Project Curator

Funding
Institutional Links grant, ID 274662441, under the Newton-Mosharafa Fund partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council.

Outputs

  • Updates to the British Museum database/online catalogue.
  • Purchase of high-resolution satellite imagery of the Asyut region from Shutb to Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi.
  • Transcription of Hogarth’s object list, and notebook.
  • Two publications:

Independent Research

GIS, satellite remote-sensing, and archival research

Hogarth’s (1907) sketch map of the concession on the north-west part of the Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi (British Museum Dept of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, Correspondence 1907 A-K, 321, courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum)

As an independent scholar, I have continued research into the Hogarth archive, completing the transcription of Hogarth’s diary and working on the positioning and location of Hogarth’s tombs on the Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi using satellite imagery and GIS. I hope that in time and with the approval of the British Museum it will be possible to secure funding for the full analysis and publication of the Hogarth archive and digital dissemination of the data.

Academic Institution
Independent research

Timeline
2019-ongoing

Role
Researcher

Funding
Unfunded

Outputs

  • Transcription of Hogarth’s diary.
  • I have a publication in preparation on the positioning of Hogarth’s tombs on the Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi, based the georeferencing of his sketch map against a high-resolution satellite image, and evidence from his written documents.

Acknowledgements

All the images on this page are from the Hogarth collection and archives in the British Museum, courtesy of the trustees of the British Museum.

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