Institute of Archaeology


Cary J. Martin - Honorary Research Associate

Cary Martin
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • BA, MA
  • Email: cary.martin@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Cary Martin is a specialist in demotic legal and administrative texts, demotic being both a phase of the ancient Egyptian language and a script, which was in use from the 7th century BCE until the 5th century CE. He studied at the University of Birmingham and Christ's College Cambridge.

Research Interests

  • Development of the Egyptian Legal System
  • Administration of Late Period and Ptolemaic Egypt
  • Egyptian Philology
  • Egyptian Scripts
  • Late Period History and Archaeology
  • History and Archaeology of Memphis

His major research project is on texts from Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, editing the hundreds of papyri found during the 1960s-1970s Egypt Exploration Society excavations directed by UCL Professors Emery, Smith and Geoffrey Martin, and publishing the archives of the funerary-workers which are now kept in museums across Europe.

He is joint editor of the international and high-profile journal Enchoria (Zeitschrift für Demotistik und Koptologie) and on the Editorial Board of one of the most prestigious Egyptological publications, The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. He is involved with the documentation and publication of the demotic text material in the papyrus collection of the Ancient Egypt and Sudan Department at the British Museum and the legal and administrative papyri from Tebtunis in the Carlsberg Collection in Copenhagen.

In 2017 he presented at the 13th International Congress for Demotic Studies in Leipzig and at the Egyptian Seminar Series in Cambridge and in 2018 he is giving papers at the Demotic Summer School in Munich (August), The 4th British Egyptology Congress (September) and the conference on "The Language of the Law in Ancient Documents: Transformation and Continuity of Legal Formulae in Diachronic and Geographic Perspective" in Leiden (November).

His expertise in demotic and the Egyptian Late, Ptolemaic and Roman Periods complements the work of the other Egyptologists in the department. He supports IoA undergraduate and graduate teaching in Egyptian archaeology in these areas, wherever required by course-coordinators, and works closely with Claudia Näser and Stephen Quirke to ensure continued excellence in IoA BA/MA coverage of the 1st millennium BCE record in Egyptian archaeology. In the year 2017-18 he delivered the BA class "Ptolemaic and Roman Periods", for ARCL2012: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, and the MA class "(Re)constructing Identities", for ARCLG226: Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt, as well as helping prepare the reading lists for the courses. He is available to be involved in PhD and MA supervision in Egyptian Archaeology and in language teaching and marking, as required.