Laurel D. BestockAssociate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology and Assyriology
My research focuses on the material culture of the Nile Valley. I am particularly interested in kingship and monumentality, but also in the development of sacred space over time and on cultural interactions. I run two excavations. At Abydos, in Egypt, we have recently discovered a mortuary temple built for one of the very first kings of Egypt as well as a much later underground structure for the burial of sacred ibis mummies; this was remodeled into a church and hermitage by Coptic Christians in the 1st millennium AD. At Uronarti, in the Sudan, my co-director (Christian Knoblauch, Austrian Academy of Science) and I are exploring the relations between Egyptians and Nubians in the context of a monumental fortress built by the conquering Egyptian kings in the early 2nd millennium BC. I hold a BA from Brown and MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.