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

Cary J Martin

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.

His major research project is on texts from Saqqara, the necropolis of the capital city of Memphis (near modern Cairo), and in particular in editing the hundreds of papyri found during the excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) in the 1960s and 70s and the publication of the archives of the funerary-workers. The research involves the translation and interpretation of the demotic papyri, ostraca and inscriptions in order to develop an understanding of how the Egyptian state and its legal institutions were organised in the Late Period (664-332 BCE) and to what extent there was continuity or change when Egypt came under Ptolemaic occupation after Alexander’s conquest.

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.

Recent conferences at which he has given papers include: ‘The 12th International Congress of Demotic Studies’ (Würzburg, 2014), ‘Aspects of Family Law in the Ancient World’ (UCL, 2015) and ‘The 8th Demotic Summer School’ (Paris, 2015).

He is a research associate of the Ancient Egypt and Sudan Department at the British Museum, working on the documentation and publication of demotic text material in the papyrus collection.

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

UCL is a world-leading research institution in the field of Egyptology and archaeology. It is therefore important to preserve and, wherever possible, enhance this reputation by fostering relationships with other research institutions, both in the UK and internationally, and by demonstrating the breadth of Egyptological research at UCL, in particular through regular academic publication in all areas, including philology.

Cary's expertise in demotic and the Egyptian Late and Ptolemaic Periods complements the work of the other Egyptologists in the Institute. He supports  undergraduate and graduate teaching in Egyptian archaeology in these areas, wherever required by course-coordinators, and works closely with Stephen Quirke and Richard Bussmann to ensure continued excellence in Institute coverage of the 1st millennium BCE record in Egypt.


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