Mohamed OsmanArchaeologistArab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (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 in epigraphic illustrations among other kinds of archaeological documentation methods involving professional photography, digital illustrations, and 3D modelling.

His main interest is in landscape archaeology, trade routes and trade activity in Ancient Egypt and its southern neighbours. He presented a number of academic talks and publications about this topic.

He has participated in several training workshops and field schools, as he had much training as a field archaeologist in the DAIK at Elephantine (2009). He has also worked in analysis and publication in the Field School in Giza, AERA. He was also RTI training assistant in TOPOI (Freie Universität Berlin), and GIS student in the Winter School on Modeling in Landscape Archaeology in Freie Universität Berlin.

Since 2003, he has participated in several archaeological missions starting with the Durham University Expedition to Sais between 2003 and 2005. He was excavation supervisor in the SCA Expedition to the Tomb of Shemai from the FIP (Kom El-Koffar, Qift region). Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as a field director in the Jebel Barkal Archaeological Mission in Sudan, directed by Timothy Kendall, discovering the Mammisi temple of Jebel Barkal. Mohamed has also participated in the Middle Kingdom Theban Project (MKTP) as a senior archaeologist responsible for the excavations in the tomb of Ipi (TT315). He has also worked in several epigraphic surveys, with his most prominent contribution with the NYU Epigraphical Expedition to the temple of Ramses II at Abydos, directed by Sameh Iskander. Recently, he works as a field director in the Sun Temples project, in the Polish Academy of Sciences, responsible for the archaeological investigation in the Sun Temple of Nieusserre at Abu Ghurab.