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Angus Graham

Angus Graham studied BA Egyptian Archaeology (1999), MA in Research Methods for the Humanities (2000) and his PhD titled ‘Harbours and Quays in Pharaonic Egypt: an investigation into their location and physical nature with particular focus on the Nile Valley’ (2011) all at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

He is the Field Director of the Egypt Exploration Society’s (EES) Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey (THaWS). The project seeks to reconstruct and understand human interaction with past alluvial landscapes and waterscapes in this major political, religious and population centre from the third millennium B.C.E. to the Roman Period. The main goal is to elucidate the extent of the ability of the Egyptians to manipulate the floodplain through canal and basin constructions related to the many temples in the region and thus understand the state management of the landscape for both religious and practical purposes. The project uses geophysical, topographic and geoarchaeological survey techniques, combined with the study of maps, satellite imagery and the texts and scenes from ancient Egypt.

From 2002-09 Judith Bunbury (Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge) and Angus co-directed the Karnak Land- and Waterscapes Survey (KLaWS). The programme of augering and geophysical survey at the vast complex of temples at Karnak suggests that it was founded on an alluvial island in the River Nile – the ideal place to establish a temple as the island represents the primeval mound in ancient Egyptian cosmogony. Angus continues his collaboration with the EES Survey of Memphis led by his doctoral supervisor, Dr David Jeffreys (IoA, UCL). Angus has participated in number of other archaeological projects in Egypt, Cyprus and the UK.

Research Interests

  • Ancient landscapes and waterscapes of the Egyptian and Nubian Nile Valley
  • Settlement and temple location – cultural and environmental interactions
  • State management and manipulation of floodplains
  • River Nile geomorphology, climatic records and river discharge
  • River navigation and ancient transportation logistics and infrastructure
  • Graham, A. and Strutt, K. D. 2013 in press. Ancient Theban temple and palace landscapes, Egyptian Archaeology 43, 5-7.
  • Graham, A., Strutt, K. D., Emery, V. L., Jones, S., Barker. D. B. 2013 in press. Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey, 2013, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 99, 35-52.
  • Graham, A., Banks, I., Digney, S., Gabrieli, R.S., Given, M., Hadjianastasis, M., Kassianidou, V., Lufafa, A., McCartney, C., Noller, J., Ntinou, M., Urwin, N. and Winther-Jacobsen, K. 2013 in press. The Upper Lagoudhera Valley, in M. Given, A. B. Knapp, L. Sollars, J. Noller and V. Kassianidou (eds.), Landscape and Interaction: Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project, Cyprus. Vol. II. London: Council for British Research in the Levant.
  • Graham, A. 2012. Investigating the Theban West Bank floodplain, Egyptian Archaeology 41, 21-24.
  • Graham, A., Strutt, K. D., Hunter, M., Jones, S., Masson, A., Millet, M., Pennington, B. 2012. Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey, 2012, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 98, 27-42.
  • · Graham, A., Strutt, K. D., Hunter, M., Jones, S., Masson, A., Millet, M., Pennington, B. 2012. Reconstructing Landscapes and Waterscapes in Thebes, Egypt, in W. Bebermeier, R. Hebenstreit, E. Kaiser, J. Krause (eds.), Landscape Archaeology. Proceedings of the International Conference Held in Berlin, 6th – 8th June 2012, eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies
  • Special Volume 3; http://journal.topoi.org/index.php/etopoi
  • Graham, A. and Strutt, K. D. 2012. The Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey. Recent Fieldwork to Investigate the Canals and Harbours on the West and East Banks at ancient Thebes (Luxor), Egypt, ISAP News: The newsletter of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection 31, 6-7.
  • Strutt, K. D., Heidel, J. and Graham, A. 2012. New Geophysical Survey of the City and Necropolis at Antinoupolis, Middle Egypt, ISAP News: The newsletter of the International Society for Archaeological Prospection 32, 15-17.
  • Graham, A. 2011. Ancient Theban waterways, Egyptian Archaeology 38, 3.
  • Graham, A. 2010. Islands in the Nile: a geoarchaeological approach to settlement locations in the Egyptian Nile Valley and the case of Karnak, in M. Bietak, E. Czerny and I. Forstner-Müller (eds.), Cities and Urbanism in ancient Egypt, 125-143. Papers from a workshop in November 2006 at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, LX. Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts, XXXV. Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • Graham, A. 2010. Ancient landscapes around the Opet temple, Karnak, Egyptian Archaeology 36, 25-28.
  • Bunbury, J.M., Graham, A. and Strutt, K. D. 2009. Kom el-Farahy: a New Kingdom island in an evolving Edfu floodplain, British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 14, 1-23. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_14/bunbury_graham_strutt.aspx
  • Bunbury, J.M., Lutley, C. and Graham, A. 2009. Giza Geomorphological Report, in M. Lehner, M. Kamel and A. Tavares (eds.), Giza Plateau Mapping Project Seasons 2006-07 Preliminary Report, 158-165. Giza Occasional Papers, 3. Boston: AERA. http://www.aeraweb.org/publications/gop/
  • Bunbury, J.M., Graham, A. and Hunter, M. A. 2008. Stratigraphic landscape analysis: charting the movements of the Nile at Karnak through ancient Egyptian time, Geoarchaeology 23 (3), 351-373. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291520-6548/homepage/geoarchaeological_research_in_egypt_and_the_nile_valley.htm
  • Bunbury, J. M., and Graham, A. 2008. There’s nothing boring about a borehole, Nekhen News 20, 22-23.
  • Hillier, J. K., Bunbury, J. M. and Graham, A. 2007. Monuments on a Migrating Nile, Journal of Archaeological Science 34, 1011-1015.
  • Graham, A., Jacobsen, K.W. and Kassianidou, V. 2006. Ayia Marina Mavrovouni. Preliminary report on the Roman settlement and smelting workshop in the central northern foothills of the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus 2006, 345-367.
  • Graham, A. 2005. Plying the Nile: Not all plain sailing, in K. Piquette and S. Love (eds), Current Research in Egyptology 2003: Proceedings of the fourth annual symposium which took place at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 18-19 January 2003, 41-56. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Graham, A. and Bunbury, J. 2005. The ancient landscapes and waterscapes of Karnak, Egyptian Archaeology 27, 17-19.
  • Graham, A. 2003. Some Thoughts on the Social Organisation of Dockyards during the New Kingdom, in R. Ives, D. Lines, C. Naughton and N. Wahlberg (eds), Current Research in Egyptology III: December 2001, 27-34. BAR International Series 1192. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • Shaw, I., Bloxam, E., Bunbury, J. Lee, R., Graham, A., and Darnell, D. 2001. Survey and excavation at the Gebel el-Asr gneiss and quartz quarries in Lower Nubia (1997-2000), Antiquity 75, 33-34.

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