About the researcher

IMG_4259 copyAaron de Souza is an archaeologist specialising in Nubian material culture of the Second Millennium BC. He obtained his PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, with a dissertation on the ceramic traditions of the so-called Pan-Grave archaeological culture. Aaron has been a Junior Research Fellow and Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Macquarie University, and this Marie Curie Fellowship is his first postdoctoral post.

Aaron is currently the Nubian ceramics specialist with the Tell Edfu Project (The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago), and has an ongoing involvement with the Hierakonpolis Expedition (University of Oxford), where he recently excavated two of the last remaining Pan-Grave cemeteries. Aaron has also recently worked with Aswan Kom-Ombo Archaeological Project and the Swiss Mission to Elephantine, and has previously worked as ceramicist with the Dendara Necropolis Project (Macquarie University), and the Helwan Project (Macquarie University). Aaron has also conducted extensive museum-based research at the Museum Gustavianum (Uppsala University, Sweden), and at the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago.

For more information and a CV, visit Aaron’s Academia profile.

Selected Publications:

de Souza, A.M. and Trognitz, M. (2021). “Analysis of Middle Nubian Pottery Technology using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)”, Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica. Natural Sciences in Archaeology.

Liszka, K. and de Souza, A. (2021) “The Pan-Grave and the Medjay: At the Intersection of Archaeology and History”, in G. Emberling and B. Williams (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia, New York: Oxford University Press.

de Souza, A.M. (2020). “Pots, Gold, and Viceroys: Shifting dynamics of Egyptian-Nubian relations at the transition to the New Kingdom, from the viewpoint of Middle Nubian pottery at Tell Edfu”, Ägypten & Levante 30, 313–343.

de Souza, A.M. 2020. “Melting Pots: Entanglement, Appropriation, Hybridity, and Assertive Objects between the Pan-Grave and Egyptian ceramic traditions,” Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 27, 1–23.

de Souza, A. (2019) New Horizons: The Pan-Grave ceramic tradition in context, London: Golden House

de Souza, A. (2018) “Paint it Black: Nubian and Egyptian black-topped pottery of the late Second Intermediate Period and early-New Kingdom”, Cahiers de la Céramique Égyptienne 11, Paris: Institut français d’archéologie orientale, 75-90.

de Souza, A. (2013) “The Egyptianisation of the Pan-Grave Culture. A New Look at an Old Idea”, Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 24, 109-126.