Project Team

Alice Stevenson, Institute of Archaeology, University College London is an Associate Professor in Museum Studies and the lead researcher and project manager of the Artefacts of Excavation project. Prior to specializing in the archaeology of Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt (late 5th to early 3rd millennium BC) through her doctoral thesis, Alice studied archaeology and anthropology more broadly and has research interests in the history of archaeology, Egyptology and museums. She has previously been the Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (2013-2016), a Researcher in World Archaeology for the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum (2009-2012), and archivist for the Egypt Exploration Society (2007-08). Alice is Chair of the Association of Curators of Collections from Egypt, Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society and an Associate Research Fellow of the Oriental Studies Faculty, University of Oxford. For all enquiries regarding the project please contact Alice Stevenson: alice. stevenson [at]

John Baines, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford is emeritus Professor of Egyptology, University of Oxford. He has held visiting appointments in a number of universities, in 2014 at Princeton University and in 2015 at Peking University. His most recent books are Visual and written culture in ancient Egypt (2007) and High culture and experience in ancient Egypt (2013). He is the sponsor of the AHRC application and one of the last participants in excavations to have experienced the division of finds directly, both in the field and when working in the University of Durham in the 1970s

Emma Libonati, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London is the project's full-time Research Associate. She is interested in the material culture of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, in particular stone sculpture, and in the dissemination of Egyptian religion throughout the Mediterranean. She has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, a research assistant at King’s College London on the digital resource The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stoneworking in the Roman World.

Alice Williams, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford  is the project DPhil student researching the display and reception of ancient Egyptian material at the London annual archaeological exhibitions of the late 19th to early 20th century. This involves examining the role of temporary exhibitions in the process of knowledge construction, finds distribution, and the changing public, scholarly, and institutional relationship with the archaeological object. Having received her undergraduate degree in Egyptology from Swansea University, Alice went on to complete masters degrees in both Egyptian Archaeology and Museum Studies at University College London. Prior to joining the project team as a DPhil student Alice worked in the museum and heritage sector, most recently as a Collections Assistant at the Science Museum, London and Archive Assistant at the Egypt Exploration Society.

Massimiliano Pinarello, Institute of Archaeology, University College London was a project part-time Research Associate (February-April 2017). His academic interests encompass Egyptology, archaeology, art history, museum studies, anthropology, philosophy, and philology. He has dedicated his recent years of research to the study of writing practices in ancient Egypt and the social distribution of writing implements. He has previously worked as Teaching Assistant in UCL for Egyptian Archaeology BA and MA courses for which he is now Honorary Lecturer.

Heba Abd el Gawad, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University, is a project part-time Research Assistant (August 2017-March 2018). She is currently finishing her doctoral thesis in Egyptian Archaeology at Durham University and has taught on Egyptian archaeology BA and MA courses at Helwan and Durham. She is interested in the past and present history of Egyptian archaeology and how it is shaped by and is shaping the socio-political realities in modern Egypt. She seeks to develop means to bridge the gap between ancient Egypt, the field of Egyptology, and modern Egypt through detangling the ancient, past, and present lives and travel itineraries entangled within the ancient Egyptian collections in the UK and has recently co-curated Beyond Beauty: transforming the body in ancient Egypt exhibition showcasing the unsung regional ancient Egyptian collections in the UK.

​Sarah Glover, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford was the project web officer between 2014 and 2016. She has developed a number of project websites for the Ashmolean Museum including British Archaeology at the Ashmolean Museum, Anglo-Saxon Discovery and the Sir John Evans Centenary website. She has degrees in archaeology and history as well as a doctorate in the sociology of gender in aviation from the University of Edinburgh. Sarah has a number of interests including the relationships between gender, medicine and technology in the past, the social networks that existed between archaeologists and archaeological institutions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the use of experimental archaeology and historical interpretation in education.