Laurel D. BestockAssociate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology and Assyriology, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture
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.