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Department of Archaeology



I received my PhD in 2018 from the University of Copenhagen on the social and economic aspects of private tomb construction in the New Kingdom. I have since held a position of postdoctoral research fellow on the project Tomb Construction in ancient Egypt (c. 1500-1000 BC): Infrastructure and Economy (PI: Professor Fredrik Hagen) at the University of Copenhagen, where I also taught courses in Hieratic, Middle Egyptian, and Egyptian History and Literature.

My main field of interest is in the social and economic history of New Kingdom Egypt, combining archaeological and textual evidence that reveal insights into the daily life of ancient societies.


My research focuses on the economic and social relationships of ancient Egyptian tomb owners. Drawing upon both textual and archaeological sources, in particular the interplay between them, the project will analyse new quantifiable economic data from private rock-cut tombs during the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1069 BCE) in order to determine the economic impact these funerary monuments had on society. Most tombs belonged to officials representing the state administration and textual evidence suggests that the construction of their private mortuary monuments to a large extent was funded by diverting resources away from the royal, religious, or public institutions. By mapping the social network of the tomb owners, the project will be able to discern patterns in the Egyptian social elite to qualify the flow of resources that was invested in the building of the tombs. 


Key publications: 

‘The dni-measure in ancient Egyptian tomb construction projects’. In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 106 (2020), 161-169 (doi:10.1177/0307513320966618).

’Den kvindelige farao’ (The female pharaoh). In M. Fink-Jensen og B. Nygaard (Eds.) 50 Begivenheder. Højdepunkter i verdenshistorien (50 Events. Highlights in World History) (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2017), 17-21.

‘Mentumose’. In Papyrus. Ægyptologisk tidsskrift 34/1 (Danish Egyptological Society Journal, 2014), 28-37.

‘The Medjay Leaders of the New Kingdom’. In C. Graves, G. Heffernan, L. McGarrity, E. Millward, and M. Bealby (Eds.) Current Research in Egyptology 13 (2012): Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Symposium (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2013), 145-156.

Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Epigraphy & Paleography
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies
Egyptology and Egyptian Language

Contact Details

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research Downing Street
rro24 [at]


Person keywords: 
New Kingdom
tomb construction
social history,
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Egypt and Sudan
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age