Carlos Gracia ZamaconaEpigraphyUniversidad de Alcalá (España)


Carlos Gracia Zamacona (PhD in Egyptology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, 2008) is director of the Earlier Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Texts Variability (MORTEXVAR) project funded by the Comunidad de Madrid (Atracción de Talento programme) and based at the Universidad de Alcalá, and coordinator of the Red Iberoamericana de Investigadores en Próximo Oriente Antiguo (RIIPOA), a research network of thirty scholars at twenty institutions from eleven different countries.

Carlos is a specialist in linguistics and the Coffin Texts, the most extensive text corpus from ancient Egypt (c. 2000-1500 BC). He is interested in verbal semantics, metaphoric thinking, graphemics (writing and its relationships to language and semiotics), texts structure, religious beliefs, and their reinterpretation, with an empirical approach based on the corpus.

Carlos teaches Middle Egyptian and hieratic at the Universidad de Alcalá and is a tutor of Egyptology at the University of Glasgow. He has been awarded with reserach fellowships at the Università degli Studi La Sapienza in Rome, École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, Université de Liège, Academia de España in Rome and the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale in Cairo. He has the Seal of Excellence for Research from the European Commission. He is an editor, editorial board member and reviewer of different series and journals in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern studies.

Carlos is the author of Manual de egipcio medio (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017, 2nd edition).