Institute of Archaeology


Dr Claudia Naeser

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
21st Nov 2016

Research summary

Research Interests

Archaeology in Egypt and Nubia from prehistory to Islam, funerary archaeology, the social and political dimensions of archaeological practice, and the production, appropriation and consumption of archaeological heritage places in the contemporary world.

Research Network Co-ordinator: Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan

  • Since 2016: Shalfak Archaeological Mission (SAM): excavation of the Middle Kingdom fortress of Shalfak in Sudanese Lower Nubia; the site was first explored in 1930 and has remained above the waters of Lake Nasser
  • Since 2010: Das Gräberfeld S/SA in Aniba: Strukturen und Realitäten der ägyptischen Präsenz in Unternubien vom Mittleren Reich bis in die Dritte Zwischenzeit: research project focusing on the re-analysis and re-publication of the so called Egyptian Cemetery S/SA in Aniba, Lower Nubia; co-directed by Hans- Werner Fischer-Elfert/Leipzig
  • Since 2006: Mograt Island Archaeological Mission (MIAMi): archaeological field project, including a survey covering all periods from the Palaeolithic to the Islamic era; excavations on Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age/Kerma, Napatan and Medieval sites; community and ethnographic components (from 2006 to 2008 in the framework of the Humboldt University Nubian Expedition; from 2013 onwards as part of the Qatar Sudan Archaeological Project; since 2016 in cooperation with the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums of Sudan)
  • 2009–2012: Archaeotopia: research project on the production, appropriation and consumption of archaeological heritage places in the Arab World in the aftermath of the 'Arab spring', regional focus on North Africa and the Near East, including field research in Thebes/Egypt, in collaboration with Stefan Altekamp and Cornelia Kleinitz (Berlin)
  • 2005–2015: Archaeological Mission to Musawwarat es-Sufra/Sudan: archaeological field project, including survey, excavations and restorations at a site of the Meroitic period with a monumental temple complex, further temples and profane buildings as well as monumental technical installations
  • 2004–2008: Humboldt University Nubian Expedition at the Fourth Nile Cataract/ Sudan: archaeological field project, until 2006 co-directed by Frank Kammerzell (Berlin), salvage operations, including an extensive general archaeological survey, excavations at sites from the Neolithic to the Medieval period, a rock art survey and ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological research

  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM)
  • Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)
  • International Association of Egyptologists (IAE)
  • International Society for Nubian Studies (ISNS)

Teaching summary

  • Course Co-ordinator (with Mark Altaweel): ARCL0007 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0020 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • Course Co-ordinator (with Dorian Fuller): ARCL0056 Introduction to the Archaeology of Sudan
  • Course Co-ordinator (with Stephen Quirke): ARCL0084 Ancient Egypt in London
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0147 Themes and Debates in Egyptian Archaeology


MPhil, DPhil

Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology

Educational Background & Professional History

  • 2013–2015: Guest professor at the Department of Northeast African Archaeology and Cultural Studies of Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2004–2012: Junior professor at the Department of Northeast African Archaeology and Cultural Studies and director of the Sudan Archaeological Collection of Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2002–2003: Lectureships at the Egyptological Institute and the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Leipzig
  • 2001–2004: Research position at the Egyptological Institute and the Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig with the project 'Eine Archäologie der Interaktionen: nomadische Gruppen, rurale Bevölkerungen und ägyptische Eroberer in Unternubien im Neuen Reich' within the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 586) 'Difference and Integration. Interaction between Nomadic and Settled Forms of Life in the Civilisations of the Old World'
  • 1999: Lectureship at the Department of Egyptology and Sudanese Archaeology at Humboldt University Berlin
  • 1996–2001: Doctor of Philosophy (Dr.phil., magna cum laude) in Egyptology at Humboldt University Berlin with Elke Blumenthal and Erika Endesfelder; dissertation title 'Der Alltag des Todes. Archäologische Zeugnisse und Textquellen zu funerären Praktiken und Grabplünderungen in Deir el-Medine im Neuen Reich'
  • 1994–1995 Master of Philosophy (M.Phil., with distinction) in Archaeology, specialisation African Archaeology, at the University of Cambridge/St. Johns College, with Ian Hodder, Colin Renfrew and David Phillipson, M.Phil. dissertation with John Alexander; dissertation title 'Cemetery 214 at Abu Simbel North: A Case-Study of Patterning in Meroitic Lower Nubian Burial and the Interpretation of the Social Practices'