Dr Penny Wilson, BA PhD
(email at email@example.com)
I am a specialist in Egyptology with a particular focus in areas of both hieraoglyphic texts as well as field archaeology. After reading Oriental Studies (Egyptian with Coptic) at Liverpool University (BA 1985), I continued to develop my interest in the Egyptian language. My specialist research for my PhD was a lexicographical study of the hieroglyphic texts in the Ptolemaic period Temple of Edfu (1991). Evolving out of this study, I continue to research the Egyptian hierogyphic writing system, temple ritual practice and the interweaving of mythical stories into Egyptian religious practice as a whole. I worked for seven years as Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1992-1999), where I developed a wider passion for material culture of Egypt, the Classical World and the Near East. Since 1999 I have been employed as a Lecturer in Egyptology at the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.
My first archaeological work was at Bearpark near Durham, while I was at school. I have since worked on various projects in Egypt: as epigrapher at Qasr Ibrim and archaological supervisor at Ashmunein, Sinai, Tell el Balamun and Zawiyet Umm el Rakham.
I am currently the Field Director of the joint Durham University/Egypt Exploration Society/Supreme Council of Antiquities project at Sais (Sa el-Hagar), which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (2002-2007).
I am also actively involved in the Egypt Exploration Society/British Academy Special Project 'Delta Survey'. The project aims to record and investigate as many of the archaeological sites in northern Egypt as possible. Many are in remote areas, such as the lagoons in the very north of the country and are visited only rarely.
I am interested in the dynamics of life in the Nile delta including coping with the Nile's flood regime in the past, the development of urban centres and the tension between agricultural life and the state. I am also interested in the interactions between the religious life and thinking of the temple and the world outside and the nature of religious experience in 'ordinary' daily life. My current work is focussed upon the process of change in material culture and settlements from the Pharaonic period, through the hellenistic and Roman eras, to the Christian and Islamic periods.
- Ancient urbanism and sustainability
- Settlement archaeology in the delta, in particular the city of Sais and its hinterland
- Roman and Late Antique sites in the delta
- Temples and theological thought
- The relationship of living populations to ancient sites
- Impact of the railways on archaeological areas in Egypt
- Mud: uses, composition and feel
Indicators of Esteem
- 2006: Invitation to colloquium: I was invited to a colloquium in December 2006 at the National Museums of Scotland to discuss issues relating to the Egyptian collections in Edinburgh.
- 2006: Invited conference paper: I was invited to give a paper on survey and archaeological work in the western Nile Delta in Berlin by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the conference 'The Trade, Topography and Material Culture of Egypt’s North-West Delta: 8th century BCE to 8th century CE'.
- 2002: Principal investigator, AHRC Sais and its Hinterland project: The five year project is funded by the AHRC by £202k and supported by the Egypt Exploration Society. It runs from 2002-7.
- 2001: Editorial Board: I am a member of the editorial board of the journal for Mediterranean Archaeology & Archaeometry based at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece.
- Wilson P (1999). The Survey at Sais (Sa el-Hagar), 1998. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. 85 1-4
- Wilson P (1997). A Ptolemaic Lexikon: a lexicographical study of the texts in the temple of Edfu. Leuven: Peeters Publishing & Department of Oriental Studies. 1343 pp
- Wilson P (1997). Slaughtering the crocodile at Edfu and Dendera. In: S. Quirke (ed.). The temple in Ancient Egypt: new discoveries and recent research. London: British Museum. 179-203
- Wilson P (1996). The roadway and its inscriptions. In: P. Rose (ed.). Qasr Ibrim: the hinterland suvey. London: Egypt Exploration Society. 102-117
- Wilson, P. (2011). Sais I The Ramesside-Third Intermediate Period at Kom Rebwa. Egypt Exploration Society.
- Wilson, Penelope. & Grigoropoulos, Dimitrios. (2009). The West Nile Delta Regional Survey, Beheira and Kafr el-Sheikh provinces. London: Egypt Exploration Society.
- Wilson, P. (2003). Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Wilson, Penelope. (2011). Settlement Connections in the Canopic Region. In Alexandria and the North-Western Delta. Robinson, Duncan. & Wilson, Andrew. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology. 111-126.
- Wilson, Penelope & Gilbert, Gregory (2012), Prehistoric Sais: Results from the Western Delta Floodplain, in Kabacinski, Jacek, Chlodnicki, Marek & Kobusiewicz, Michal eds, Studies in African Archaeology 11: Prehistory of Northeastern Africa. New Ideas and Discoveries. Poznan, Poland, Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu, 25-40.
Edited works: conference proceedings
- Wilson, Penelope. (2010). Recent Survey Work in the Southern Mareotis Area. Lake Mareotis: Reconstructing the Past, Alexandria, Egypt, Archaepress.
Edited works: contributions
- Wilson, Penelope. (2011). Masking and multiple personas. In Ancient Egyptian Demonology. Kousoulis, P. Peeters. OLA 175: 77-88.
- Wilson, Penelope (2011). Pots, People and the Plural Community: A case Study of the Greeks in Egypt at Sais. In Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean. Proceedings of the International Conference at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 25th to 29th October 2008. Duistermat, K. & Regulski, I. Peeters. 149-160.
- Wilson, Penelope. (2011). Ramsîs: Ancient Memory, Archaeology and the Western Delta. In Ramesside Studies in Honour of K. A. Kitchen. Collier, M. & Snape, S. Rutherford Press. 533-540.
- Wilson, Penelope. (2010). Consolidation, Innovation and Renaissance. In Egyptian Archaeology. Wendrich, Willeke. Oxford: Blackwell. 241-257.
- Wilson, Penelope. (2010). Temple Architecture and Decorative Systems. In The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Egypt. Lloyd, A.B. Oxford: Blackwell. 781-803.
- Wilson, Penelope. (2007). Chapter 18: The Meroitic Temple Graffiti. In The Meroitic Temple Complex at Qasr Ibrim, Egypt. Rose, Pamela J. London: Egypt Exploration Society. 105-163.
- Wilson, P. (2002). Ramesses III, Belzoni and the Mysterious Reverend Browne. In Egypt Through the Eyes of Travellers III Proceedings of the ASTENE Cambridge Congress 1998. El-Kholy, N. & Starkey, P. Durham: ASTENE. 45-56.
Essays in edited volumes
- Wilson, Penelope. & Gilbert, Gregory. (2008). Trading Relations with the Eastern Mediterranean. In Moving Across the Boders: Foreign Relations, Religion and Cultural Interactions in the Ancient Mediterranean. Kousoulis, P. & Magliveras, K. Leuven: Peeters. 249-265.
- Wilson, Penelope (2007). A Cult of Amasis and 'The Procession of Two Gods' at Sais. In Egyptian Stories. A British Egyptological Tribute to Alan B. Lloyd on the Occasion of His Retirement. Schneider, Thomas & Szpakowska, Kasia Münster:
- Wilson, P. (2007). The Delta. In The Egyptian World. Wilkinson, T.A. London: Routledge. 15-28.
- Wilson, P. (2005). Naming names and shifting identities in ancient Egyptian iconoclasm. In Negating the Image: Case Studies in Iconoclasm. McClanan, A. & Johnson, J. Aldershot: Ashgate. 113-136.
Journal papers: academic
- Wilson, Penelope. (2007). Prehistoric Settlement in the Western Delta: a regional and local view from Sais (Sa el-Hagar). Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 92: 75-126.
- Wilson, P. (2003). The Delta Survey, 2002. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 89: 1-8.
- Wilson, P. & Gilbert, G. (2003). The Prehistoric Period at Saïs. Archéo-Nil 13: 65-72.
- Wilson, P. (2006). The Survey of Saïs (Sa el-Hagar), 1997-2002. London: Egypt Exploration Society.
- 2002: Arts and Humanities Research Council: 'Sais and its Hinterland: the dynamics of settlement and power in the western Nile Delta'