Gersande Eschenbrenner-Diemer - Marie Curie Research Fellow
- MA, PhD
- Marie Curie Research Fellow
Egyptian art and archaeology; ancient Egyptian ritual and religion; material culture especially wooden artefacts.
Current Research Project
TRACER: Tree Roots - an analytical 'culture'
Indigenous and imported wood species were extensively used in Ancient Egypt for manufacturing objects of daily life and equipment for the afterlife, notably statuary and coffins. Despite the abundance and use throughout Pharaonic history, no
global study has been carried out on this material. With an innovative methodology combining archaeometric and theoretical approaches, the TRACER project will analyze wood craft as a societal "tracer" in Ancient Egypt during a key
period of its history: the Middle Bronze Age (MBA). Analysis of woodcraft during this period which covers both politically centralized (Middle Kingdom-MK) and decentralized periods (Second Intermediate Period-SIP), will identify the impact of
societal changes on wood crafts, closely linked with the political and religious development of the country.
- 2016: Technical and stylistic study of wood productions discovered in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa, Aswan.
- 2016: Technical and stylistic study of unpublished wooden models discovered in the tomb of Unas-Ankh in the necropolis of El-Khokha (Thebes, Egypt), in collaboration with Dr Mohamed Saleh, former Director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Permanent member of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities.
- 2015-: Collaborative study of techniques used for the manufacture of Egyptian wooden models. This experimental archeology project aims to confront the expertise of specialists from wood to ancient techniques to understand the process.
- 2014 -: Study and compilation of wooden objects discovered in the Islamic site of Fustat (Cairo, Egypt) in collaboration with Dr Victoria Asensi Amoros and Julien Auber de Lapierre under the supervision of Pr Roland-Pierre Gayraud (LAMM-University of Provence-IFAO)
- 2010: Study and identification of wooden coffins in El-Hawawish Necropolis, Sohag, Middle Egypt.
- 2009- 2014: Epigraphic and ceramics designer for the archaeological mission at Coptos (Egypt) directed by Pr Laure Pantalacci (University Lyon2- French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO).
- 2013: PhD in Egyptology, University Lyon 2 (France) in collaboration with the Research and Restoration Center of French Museum (C2RMF, Paris). Thesis title: Egyptian Wooden Models. Materials, manufacturing, spread, from the End of the Old Kingdom to the End of the Middle Kingdom (circ. 2350-1630 BC) supervised by Prof Laure Pantalacci and Dr Victoria Asensi Amoros
- 2008: Specialized Studies in Egyptology (DUESE), University Lyon 2
- 2006: Master in Egyptology with honors, University Lyon 2
- 2000-2004: Diploma in Art History and Archaeology (DEUG) and Diploma in History (DEUG), University Lyon 2
- MA, PhD