Kelly Accetta CroweArchaeologistHeadstone Manor & Museum (UK)


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. Whilst doing her doctoral research, she spent much time in Luxor documenting and studying the doorways in situ, as well as consulting with the missions working on the temples in order to better understand how modern reconstruction and interpretation has physically altered the ancient structures.

Kelly has worked for two seasons with the Middle Kingdom Theban Project on the tomb of Henenu (TT 313), where she co-supervised the initial cleaning and documentation of the Upper Courtyard and the tomb shafts and chambers.

She will resume this role in 2020, with the aim of completing the documentation of the interior of the tomb and the clearance of the Middle Courtyard. She has also excavated with the Amarna Project, the New Kingdom Research Foundation, and the Deep History of the Asyut Region project (The British Museum).

Kelly currently works at Headstone Manor & Museum in the UK, where she is responsible for digitising their museum and archive collections, as well as assisting the curator with exhibitions and collections care. She has also worked at the British Museum, where she digitised their 3000+ piece shabti collection. Her main areas of interest are stone built architecture, funerary material culture, art, and the connection between image and power.