Alice Stevenson


Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

UCL, Malet Place
London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44(0)20 7679 2882




  • BA Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2001
  • MA Museum Studies, University of Leicester, 2003
  • MPhil Egyptian archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2005
  • PhD Egyptian archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2007

Affiliations/Professional activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Oriental Studies Faculty, University of Oxford
  • Senior Editor (archaeology), Oxford University Press Handbooks online

Research interests

  • Relationship between fieldwork and museums
  • Disciplinary histories of archaeology, anthropology and Egyptology
  • Histories of collections and museum archives

  • Neolithic–Early Bronze Age Egypt and surrounding regions
  • Nubian Archaeology 
  • Prehistoric figurines
  • Archaeology and anthropology of ritual, aesthetics and emotion
  • Archaeology of time
  • State formation



Stevenson, A. 2009. The Predynastic Egyptian Cemetery of el-Gerzeh. Social Identities and Mortuary Practices. Leuven: Peeters Publishers (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 186).

Edited volumes

Stevenson, A. (ed.)  (2015) The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections. London: UCL Press.

Hicks, D. and Stevenson, A. (eds.) 2013. World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization.  Oxford: Archeopress.

Mairs, R. and Stevenson, A. (eds.) 2007. Current Research in Egyptology 2005.  Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium. Oxford: Oxbow Books.


Stevenson, A. forthcoming. Predynastic Egyptian figurines. In Insoll, T. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stevenson, A. 2016. Predynastic Egypt and state formation. Journal of Archaeological Research DOI10.1007/s10814-016-9094-7

Stevenson, A. 2016. Conflict antiquities and conflicted antiquities: addressing commercial sales of legally-excavated artefacts. Antiquity 90: 229-236.

Stevenson, A., Libonati, E. and Williams, A. 2016. ‘A selection of minor antiquities’: a multi-sited view on collections from excavations in Egypt. World Archaeology 48(2). DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1165627

Stevenson, A. 2015. Locating a sense of immortality in early Egyptian cemeteries. In Renfrew, C., Boyd, M. and Morley, I. (eds) Death rituals and social order in the ancient world, 371-381. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stevenson, A. 2015. Telling times: time and ritual in the formation of the Egyptian state. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 25(1):145-161.

Stevenson, A. 2015. Egyptian archaeology and the museum. In Oxford Handbooks Online. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Stevenson, A. 2015. Between the field and the museum: the ongoing project of archaeological context. Egyptian and Egyptological Documents Archives Libraries 4: 109-118.

Stevenson, A. 2015. Early experiments: a view from the Pitt Rivers Museum. In Graves-Brown, C. (ed.) Egyptology in the Present. Experiential and experimental methods in archaeology, 151-171. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.

Stevenson, A. 2014. The object of study: Egyptology, anthropology and archaeology at the University of Oxford, 1860–1960. In Carruthers, W. (ed.) Histories of Egyptology: interdisciplinary measures. pp. 19-33. London: Routledge.

Dee, M.W., Wengrow, D., Shortland, A., Stevenson, A., Brock, F., Bronk Ramsey, C. 2014. Radiocarbon dating and the Naqada relative chronology. Journal of Archaeological Science 46, 319-323.

Wengrow, D., Dee, M., Foster, S., Stevenson, A, and Bronk Ramsey, C. 2014. Cultural convergence in the Nile valley Neolithic: a prehistoric perspective on Egypt’s place in Africa. Antiquity 88, 95-111.

Dee, M., Wengrow, D., Shortland, A., Stevenson, A., Brock, F., Flink, L. and Bronk Ramsey. C. 2013. An absolute chronology for Early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modelling. Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 469 (2159).

Stevenson, A. 2014. Artefacts of excavation: the collection and distribution of Egyptian finds to museums, 1880–1915. Journal of the History of Collections 26(1), 89-102. [doi: 10.1093/jhc/fht017]

Stevenson, A. 2013. Predynastic burial rituals: citations and transformations. In Dann, R. and Exell, K. (eds.) Approaching Ancient Egypt. Ancient Histories and Modern Archaeologies. 9-14. New York: Cambria Press.

Stevenson, A. 2013. ‘Labelling and cataloguing at every available moment’: W.S. Blackman’s collection of Egyptian amulets. Journal of Museum Ethnography 26, 138–149.

Stevenson, A. 2013. Egypt and Sudan: Mesolithic to Early Dynastic Period. In Hicks, D. and Stevenson, A. (eds) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization. pp. 60–89. Oxford: Archeopress. [also co-author of chapters on Japan and Mesoamerica]

Stevenson, A. 2012. The A-Group cemetery at Tunqala West. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 98, 225–248.

Stevenson, A. 2012. Egypt and Mesopotamia. In Crawford, H. (ed.) The Sumerian World. pp. 618–634. London: Routledge.

Stevenson, A. 2012. ‘We seem to be working in the same line’: A.H.L.F Pitt-Rivers and W.M. Flinders Petrie. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 22(1), 4–13.

Stevenson, A. 2012. An amateur’s prehistory: a view from James A. Swan’s South African collections. South African Archaeological Bulletin 67(195), 52–58.

Stevenson, A. 2012. Social complexity set in stone? The A-Group site of Afyeh. Sudan and Nubia 16, 13–19.

Stevenson, A. 2011 ‘Yours (unusually) cheerfully, Gordon’: R.B.K. Stevenson’s letters from Gordon Childe. Antiquity 85, 1454–1462.

Stevenson, A. 2011. Predynastic material culture. In Teeter, E. (ed.) Before the Pyramids: essays on earliest Egypt. pp. 65–74. Chicago: Oriental Institute Museum Publications [also author of several catalogue entries].

Stevenson, A. 2009. Social relationships in Predynastic burials. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology . 95, 175–192.

Stevenson, A. 2009.Predynastic burials. In Wendrich, W. (ed.) UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles.

Stevenson, A. 2009. The Predynastic cemeteries of Abydos.Egyptian Archaeology . 34, 25–26.

Stevenson, A. 2009. Palette. In Wendrich, W. (ed.) UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles

Stevenson, A. 2008. Ethnicity and migration? The Predynastic cemetery of el-Gerzeh. In Midant-Reynes, B., Tristant, Y., Rowland, J. and Hendrickx, S. (eds.) Origins 2: proceedings of the second international conference on Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, Toulouse, France  September 2005. pp. 543–560. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.

Stevenson, A. 2008. Mace. In Wendrich, W. (ed.) UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles.

Stevenson, A. 2008. Chapters 2 and 6. In Keene, S. (ed.) Collections for People: museums’ stored collections as a public resource. London: Institute of Archaeology UCL.

Stevenson, A. 2007. The aesthetics of Predynastic Egyptian burial: funerary performances in the 4th millennium BC. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 22(1), 75–91.

Stevenson, A. 2007. Introduction: the materiality of burial practices. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 22(1), 1–5.

Stevenson, A. 2007. The material significance of Predynastic and Early Dynastic palettes. In Mairs, R. and Stevenson, A. (eds.) Current Research in Egyptology 2005.  Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium. pp. 148–162. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Exhibitions curated

A Pioneer of Prehistory: Dorothy Garrod and the caves of Mount Carmel. Pitt Rivers Museum  18 September 2011–8 January 2012.