MKTP team 2020
Antonio J. Morales
Kelly Accetta Crowe
Sergio Alarcón Robledo
Hazem Shared Mohamed
Miriam Luciañez Triviño
Óscar Martínez Castro
Carlos Cepeda Utrilla
Andrés Martín García de la Cruz
Raúl Sánchez Casado
Jónatan Ortiz García
Carmen Díaz Castro
Marta Arranz Cárcamo
Beatriz Noria Serrano
Iria Souto Castro
Ana María Herranz Redondo
Inma López Hita
Carlos Gracia Zamacona
Flavio Celis D'Amico
Ernesto Echeverría Valiente
Daniel Spinelli Arroyo
Manuel F. Carrillo Rodríguez
Enrique Dorado Fernández
Teresa Bardají Azcárate
Photography and production
Patricia Mora Riudavets
Samuel Montes Ibars
Antonio Morales is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Seminar of Ancient History in the University of Alcalá (UAH, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid) and the Director of the Middle Kingdom Theban Project. Previously, he lectured at Freie Universität Berlin. He is currently organizing an Egyptological program at the University of Alcalá, mainly focused on pharaonic history, religion, language, and culture. The new program already includes courses on Egyptian language (Middle Egyptian, hieratic, Late Egyptian), Egyptian literatura, and ancient Egyptian magic and religion.
Kelly Accetta Crowe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Art History from the University of Virginia, a Master of Philosophy in Egyptology from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Archaeology, also from the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation was entitled “Thresholds of the Gods: Doorways and Movement in New Kingdom Theban Temples”, in which she explored the connection between the construction and decoration of doorways and their perceived and actual usage.
Sergio Alarcón Robledo is doing his PhD in Egyptology at Harvard University. He studied Architecture in the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), an MPhil in Egyptology at the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Archaeology at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. His main area of interest is in ancient Egyptian architecture, with a particular focus on Bronze Age temple and funerary structures in Egypt.
Mohamed Osman finished his PhD in Nov. 2017 in Freie Universität Berlin. His thesis (under the supervision of Jochem Kahl, Joanne Rowland, and Dietrich Raue) deals with trade routes and centres in ancient Egypt in Upper Egypt during the Old and Middle Kingdoms. He finished his MA in Egyptian Archaeology in 2008 from Helwan University under the supervision of Prof. Maha Farid and Prof. Layla Azzam, concentrating on "Urban Settlements in Ancient Egypt, From Pre-Dynastic Periods to the End of the Third Dynasty". His main interests are archaeology, landscape archaeology and associated methods such as GIS and landscape photogrammetry. He is also specialized on epigraphic illustrations among other kinds of archaeological documentation methods involving professional photography, digital illustrations, and 3D modelling.
Sebastian Falk is research assistant at the Cairo Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAIK). He has completed his MA thesis entitled “The excavations of Hermann Junker in Merimde Beni Salama: contextualization and reexamination of the archaeological finds” in 2016. Besides his studies in the field of Neolithic Egypt, Sebastian’s work at the DAI Cairo focuses on promoting scientific exchange with Egyptian scholars and the organization of the DAIK scholarship program. He is also involved in DAI projects in Aswan and the Citadel area in Cairo.
Elisabeth (MA in Egyptology, Mainz) is scientific assistant at the Seminar of Egyptology in the Freie Universität Berlin. She has finished her Phd thesis about intact burials in the Middle Kingdom to the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz. Her main research interests are funerary material culture, concepts of burials and the connection of archeological legacies and funerary rites.
Hazem Shared is an Egyptian archaeologist living in Luxor especialized on registration, management, logistical organization and ceramic work. He studied his BA in Archaeology and Egyptology at Aim Shams University, Cairo, and later initiated a long career –in spite of his young age– of participations in numerous excavations.
Miriam Luciañez got her BA in Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Leioa (UPV-EHU) (2008), and she furthered her studies in Conservation studying a Master degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (2009). Later, she specialized on Archaeological Heritage working for a Master degree in Archeology at the University of Seville (2012), and she is currently doing her doctoral studies on Prehistory at the same university. Her doctoral research focuses on the manufacture of ivory objects in the Chalcolithic site of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville) from a technological perspective.
Óscar Martínez completed his BA in History at the University of Alcalá (2017) and has continued his specialization on interpretation and heritage management with an MA in Archaeology and Heritage Management in the same university in Madrid (UAH, 2018).
Carlos Cepeda is a student of the Master's degree in Archeology and Heritage Management in the Interior of the Peninsular University at the University of Alcalá de Henares, previously taking the Degree in History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the same university (UAH). Currently, he is only focused on the final project of the master while he conducts other work outside the academic field as a freelance professional.
Andrés Martín García de la Cruz is a final-year student of the BA degree in History at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), having complemented his studies with a one-year mobility programme at La Sapienza University of Rome. He is currently Collaboration Fellow of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the UAM.
Salima Ikram is the Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo; she is the current Head of the Egyptology Unit at the AUC and Visiting Professor at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University (USA). She is a participant in many Egyptian archaeological projects, the author of several books on Egyptian archaeology, a contributor to various magazines and a frequent guest on pertinent television programs.
Is Doctor un Egyptology by the University of Seville. He holds a BA degree in History from the University of Granada (Spain) since 2011, and obtained his MA in Sciences of the Antiquity and the Middle Ages from the same University in 2012. Currently, he is preparing the publication of his PhD Thesis, that will be ready at the end of 2020, with the title El servidor del ka en el Reino Antiguo: funciones y espacios de actuación (The ka-servant in the Old Kingdom: functions and context of participation).
Jónatan Ortiz-García holds a BA in History, a MA in Cultural Heritage (Classical Archaeology), and a PhD in Cultural Heritage (Egyptology) from the University of Valencia. While working on his dissertation about ancient Egyptian painted shrouds, he was “Atracció de Talent” (VLC/Campus) predoctoral fellow at the department of Ancient History and Written Culture of the University of Valencia. His main research areas are religious cloths and clothing, funerary beliefs and practices, as well as religious interactions in ancient Egypt.
Carmen Díaz Castro studied a BA in History at the University of Alcalá, obtaining her degree recently in 2017. During her final BA year, she attended “Middle Egyptian I: Introduction to the hieroglyphic writing”, and demonstrated her strong interest on the fields of Ancient History and Egyptology; not in vain, she decided to write her degree paper about Alexander the Great and his adaptation to local traditions. She is working on Middle Kingdom queens for her PhD in Ancient History at the University of Alcalá.
Marta Arranz holds a BA in History at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) and a MA in Archaeology and Heritage at the University Autónoma of Madrid (UAM). Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Alcalá, where she focuses her study on the iconographical representations of the serpent-goddesses in several tombs of the Ancient Egyptian culture. Additionally, she works in the University of Alcalá, combining her research work with the Middle Kingdom Theban Project y Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability projects.
Beatriz Noria Serrano studied her BA in History at the University of Sevilla and her MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Currently, she is working on her PhD at the University of Alcalá, which will concentrate on the role of women during the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period, mainly as attested in stelae and inscriptions from these periods.
Iria Souto is a member of the GEAAT (Group of Studies of Archaeology, Antiquity and Territory) of the University of Vigo where she developed her research and teaching activities and a PhD candidate in Cultural Heritage Protection finishing her dissertation. She has recently joined to the Middle Kingdom Theban Project (UAH, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid). She received her B.A degree in Geography and History from the University of Vigo in 2014. In 2015, Iria started her PhD programme. During the following years, she completed her studies on Egyptology at the University of Birmingham (Mres) and Oxford (pre-doctoral research visit). She has participated in several conferences on Ancient History, Religion in Antiquity and Egyptology held in Ferrol, Ourense, Murcia, Madrid, Zaragoza, Birmingham and Berlin. Similarly, she has participated in archaeological excavations in Galicia, Portugal and Luxor and published some peer-reviewed articles derived from conferences.
Rawda Abdelhady is founding director of Raquda Foundation for Art and Heritage "NGO –NPO", Alexandria, Egypt. She is MA student in the program of Heritage Conservation and Site Management, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and Helwan University. Her master thesis is about "Virtual Reconstruction and Conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage". She received her B.A from Alexandria University.
Ahmed Tarek is a conservator at the Conservation Center of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM-CC). He is especially interested on the conservation of organic artifacts, in particular papyrus and paper.
Ana María HerranzConservation
Ana M. Herranz has a B.A. in History (Universidad Autónoma of Madrid) and a B.A. in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (Higher School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Madrid), specialty in Archeological Conservation. She has worked at the National Archaeological Museum (cataloging of collection objects of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities and the Middle East) and has been part of research projects such as Building Tarteso (Institute of Archeology-Mérida- CSIC), working in conservation treatments of archaeological artifacts settlement at “Casas del Turuñuelo” (Badajoz). She has also worked as a curator in the Bronze Age Archaeological Site of Motilla del Retamar (Argamasilla de Alba, Ciudad Real) recording archeological artifacts and drawing up the Conservation and Restoration project.
Inma López obtained her BSc in Engineering, Industrial Design and Development in the Technical School of Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid. She works as an engineer on design and has specialised on documentation, photography, and high resolution images.
Dina Serova holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Cultural History of Northeast Africa from Humboldt University Berlin and a Master of Arts in Egyptology from Freie University Berlin. She is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at Humboldt University, as she writes her dissertation about “Nudity in ancient Egypt: A diachronic analysis on the basis of written and pictorial evidence”.
Sika Pedersen (BA and MA in Egyptology, University of Copenhagen) is currently working as a research assistant transcribing several administrative and literary New Kingdom ostraca and writing tablets. In January 2020, she is starting a three-year PhD fellowship in Egyptology at the University of Alcalá as part of the Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability (MORTEXVAR) project studying the ancient Egyptian mortuary texts from the Old and Middle Kingdom.
Carlos Gracia Zamacona (PhD in Egyptology and Linguistics, École Pratique des Hautes Études, 2008) is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Alcalá and director of the Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability (MORTEXVAR) project (Atracción de Talento Programme, Region of Madrid, 2019-2023). He is a specialist in linguistics and the Coffin Texts, the largest mortuary corpus from ancient Egypt (c. 2000-1500 BCE).
Flavio Celis obtained his PhD in Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1998. Between 2001 and 2005 he was Lecturer in Design and Drawing in the Architectural Degree at the School of Architecture in the University of Alcalá. From 2005 he is Professor in Sustainability Architecture, mainly teaching and conducting research in the Master Degree in Architecture developed at the University of Alcalá.
Ernesto Echeverría Valiente is Associate Professor in Design and Geometry at the Architecture degree of the School of Architecture (University of Alcala, Spain). He received his BA in Architecture from the University Politechnique of Madrid (Spain) in 1990. He obtained his PhD in Architecture at the University Politechnique of Madrid in 2005. Ernesto’s dissertation title is “The University campus of Alcala de Henares: analysis and evolution.” His main areas of interest include Heritage’s documentation and Conservation linked with Bioclimatic Architecture and Environmental sustainability.
Daniel Spinelli holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Alcalá (2006) with a BA paper entitled "Urban Corridors: the case of the Henares Corridor as a territorial intervention". He is currently working on his Master thesis on Architecture at the University of Alcalá.
Manuel F. CarrilloForensic Anthropology
Manuel Carrillo got his degree in Medicine and Surgery (MD) from the University Complutense in Madrid. In addition, he has a Master degree in Physical and Forensic Anthropology (MSc) from the University of Granada and a PhD from the University of Alcalá. He passed his certified residence training in Legal and Forensic Medicine.
Enrique DoradoForensic Anthropology
Enrique Dorado received his BSc and MD in Medicine and Surgery, as well as his PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the University Complutense in Madrid. In addition, he has obtained several degrees in his prolific career: MSc in Physical and Forensic Anthropology at the UCM; Especialist degree in Legal and Forensic Medicine; MSc in Medical Law and Bioethics (UCLM); Certificate for direction of x-rays medical centres; and Diploma on Archeozoology, offered by the Centre of Near Eastern and Late Antiquity Studies. At this point, he is the Head of the Section of Anthropology, Odontology, and Entomology at the Instituto de Medicina Legal in Madrid.
Teresa Bardají is a geologist and geomorphologist currently teaching at the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain) as full professor. Her main research lines are related to Quaternary environmental evolution in Mediterranean and Atlantic settings, not only in Spain but also in other countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Cape Verde.
Patricia MoraPhotography and production
Patricia Mora Riudavets holds a degree in History from the University of Barcelona and a MA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool with a dissertation entitled “Women that clap their hands in the Old Kingdom”. Recently she has completed the “International Postgraduate in Scientific Photography” at the Universidad de Alcalá (UAH). Since 2006 she has worked (and works) as a professional archaeological photographer in several national and international archaeological missions in Egypt and Syria.
Samuel MontesPhotography and production
Samuel Montes works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alcala (UAH) through a postdoctoral recruitment grants co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative 2019. He is a member of the Department of History and Philosophy and a member of The Middle Kingdom Theban Project (MKTP), a research project and archaeological expedition directed by Antonio Morales. Under the auspices of this project, he has focused on Egyptian cinema dealing with pharaonic heritage, ancient Egyptian art, and archaeological documentary and photographic production.
Myriam Krutzch is papyrus conservator of the papyrology collection of the Egyptian Museum of Berlín (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz). She has extensive experience in the reconstruction and conservation of papyrus, paper and books. She has worked in collections from around the world and she has also collaborated with various archaeological missions in Egypt.
Martina got trained in Egyptology and History at the Charles University in Prague. She studied her BA studies in Egyptology and History therein, obtaining an double-degree MA in 2011. In 2009-2010, she enjoyed a visiting research period as part of the Erasmus Program in the Centre de Recherches Égyptologiques of La Sorbonne (CRES). In 2015, she finished her PhD in History in Prague and she obtained recently her PhD in Egyptology. Her research focuses on the economy and social structure of ancient Egypt, mainly in the Old and Middle Kingdoms, and is also interested on the ceramic production from these periods.