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Department of Archaeology



Gemma is a community archaeologist and museum professional who has worked on collaborative projects to enhance mutual understandings of cultural landscapes and museum collections between diverse stakeholders in Europe and North Africa. Her PhD (University of Southampton, 2010) focused on innovative, community-based approaches for the representation of ancient and modern Egypt in museums.

Gemma has worked in the Museum sector in the UK in learning, visitor services and curatorial roles, as well as co-ordinated community archaeology projects, from excavations and exhibitions to co-authored publications, in the UK, Sudan and Egypt. 

Gemma has published widely on heritage, community archaeology and museology and has taught on museum and heritage courses at Undergrad and Post-Grad level in Egypt, Germany, Italy and the UK.


My research focuses on collaborative practice in Archaeology. This research has focussed on Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies and Heritage Management in Egypt, Sudan and Europe. I am currently engaged in a field project focussing on heritage management at Tell el-Amarna (Middle Egypt) – details below:

September 2017 – September 2019: Delivering sustainable heritage strategies for rural Egypt: community and archaeology at Tell el-Amarna.




Key publications: 


[1] Tully, G. & Allen, M.J. (2018). Participatory Augering: A methodology for challenging perceptions of archaeology and landscape changePublic Archaeology
[2] Moore, T. & Tully, G. (2018). Connecting landscapes: Examining and enhancing the relationship between stakeholder values and cultural landscape management in EnglandLandscape Research 43(6): 769-783.
[3] Bednarski, A. & Tully, G. (2018). Aspects of the relationships between the community of Sheikh Abd al-Qurna and ancient Egyptian monuments. In Oxford Handbook of Egyptology. Oxford University Press.
[4] Tully, G. (2017). Re-imagining Egypt: Artefacts, Contemporary Art and Community Engagement in the Museum. In Heritage Matters. Onciul, B. Hawke, S & Stefano, M (eds). Boydell & Brewer. 91-106.
[5] Tully, G., Didier-Hess, V., Khalil, M. & Abla, N (2017). Eternal Light, Something Old Something New. Art D'Egypte.
[6] Tully, G. & Naser, C (2016). Discovering Mograt Island Together. Humboldt University Press.
[7] Tully, G. & Ridges, M. (2016). Regenerating Practices Series, Volume 2: Collaborative Heritage Management. Gorgias Press.
[8] Tully, G. (2010). Ten Years On: The Community Archaeology Project Quseir, Egypt. In Proceedings of the 7th Conference for Archaeology and Education. University of Barcelona.
[9] Tully, G. (2007). Community Archaeology: General Methods and Standards of Practice. Public Archaeology 6(3): 155-187.
Other publications: 
[1] Tipper, S and Tully, G. 2018. Current Research in Nubian Archaeology (eds.). Gorgias Press. New Jersey.
[2] Tully, G. (2017). Contemporary Egyptian Dialogues: Collaborative Approaches to Museum Displays of Ancient Egypt. In ECHO Series - Discourses in Heritage Management in Egypt: The Management of Egypt's Cultural Heritage. Hassan, F.A., Tassie, G.J, De Trafford, A., Owens, L. & Van Wetering, J. Golden House.
[3] Tully, G. (2017). Re-imagining Egypt: Artefacts, Contemporary Art and Community Engagement in the Museum (Chapter 37). In Museums and Archaeology. Skeates, R. Routledge.
[4] Tully, G. (2016). Resituating cultural landscapes: Pan-European strategies for sustainable management. In Heritage 2016. 5th International conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development. Book of abstracts with papers in CD form. Amoêda, R., Lira, S. & Pinheiro, C. Barcelos: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development. 347-359.
[5] Tully, G. (2015). Community Archaeology in Sudan: Discovering Mograt Island Together. MittSAG, Der Antike Sudan 26: 201-204.
[6] Tully, G. (2014). Community Archaeology on Mograt Island: Sharing Spaces, Understanding Sites. MittSAG, Der Antike Sudan 25: 1-6.
[7] Tully, G. & Hanna, M. (2013). One landscape many tenants: Uncovering multiple claims, visions and meanings on the Theban Necropolis. Archaeologies 9.3: 362-397.

Other Professional Activities

Member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Museum Studies
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Downing Street


Person keywords: 
Egypt and Sudan
Heritage Management
Museum Studies
Cultural Heritage
Geographical areas: 
Egypt and Sudan
Periods of interest: