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Dr Kenneth Griffin is Collections Access Manager of the Egypt Centre, Swansea University. His association with the Egypt Centre first began in 2000 as a volunteer. Over the past two decades, he has been researching the collection, including publishing a number of the objects. Prior to his appointment as the Collections Access Manager, he was a lecturer in Egyptology at Swansea University. He has visited Egypt on over 50 occasions and, since 2010, has been a member of the South Asasif Conservation Project (SACP), directed by Dr. Elena Pischikova.

Email address: k.griffin@swansea.ac.uk

Phone number: +44 (0)1792 513887

Bloghttps://egyptcentrecollectionblog.blogspot.com/

Research Interests

  • The rekhyt-people
  • The Ritual of the Hours of the Night
  • The Book of the Dead
  • Object-centred learning
  • Museum collectors and collecting

Brief C.V.

Education

  • 2015–2017: PG Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2006–2014: Swansea University; PhD passed with no corrections: ‘An analysis and interpretation of the role of the rekhyt-people within the Egyptian temple’. Supervisors: Dr. Kasia Szpakowska and Prof. Martina Minas-Nerpel
  • 2004–2005: Swansea University; MA Ancient Egyptian Culture (Graduating with Distinction)
  • 2000–2003: Swansea University; BA Joint Hons. Ancient History and Egyptology (Graduating with a 2.1)

Employment

  • Swansea University, Lecturer in Egyptology. 2015–2018
  • Swansea University, Part-time Degree Tutor. 2007–2014
  • Swansea University, Co-ordinating tutor of Egyptology with the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE). 2003–2014
  • The Egypt Centre, Out of School (NOF) Workshop Assistant. 2004–2014

Publications

Monographs

  • (2018). ‘All the Rḫyt-people Adore’: The Role of the Rekhyt-people in Egyptian Religion. GHP Egyptology. London: Golden House Publications.

Articles

  • (2019). Egypt in Swansea. Ancient Egypt, 20 (2), 42–48.
  • (2018). A doorjamb of a chief steward of the Divine Adoratrice in Swansea. In A. I. Blöbaum, M. Eaton-Krauss & A. Wüthrich (Eds.), Pérégrinations avec Erhart Graefe. Festschrift zu seinem 75. Geburtstag (pp. 203–208). Ägypten und Altes Testament 87. Münster: Zaphon.
  • (2018). A preliminary report on the Hours of the Night in the Tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223). In E. Pischikova, J. Budka & K. Griffin (Eds.), Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond (pp. 59–70). GHP Egyptology 27. London: Golden House Publications.
  • (2017). The ushabtis of the Divine Adoratrice Qedmerut. In B. Lurson (Ed.), De la mère du roi à l’épouse du dieu. Première synthèse des résultats des fouilles du temple de Touy et de la tombe de Karomama. Actes du colloque international ‘De la mère du roi à l’épouse du dieu’, Université Catholique de Louvain, 14 mai 2016. Connaissance de l’Egypte Ancienne 18. (pp. 145–155). Brussels: Safran.
  • (2017). Toward a better understanding of the ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual)’. In E. Pischikova (Ed.), Tombs of the South Asasif necropolis: New discoveries and research 2012–14 (pp. 97–134). The American University in Cairo Press: Cairo.
  • (2015). Links between the rekhyt and doorways in ancient Egypt. In P. I. Kousoulis & N. Lazaridis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22–29 May 2008 (pp. 1115–1129). Orientalia lovaniensia analecta 241. Leuven: Peeters.
  • Booth, A., Szpakowska, K., Pischikova, E., & Griffin, K. (2015). Structure of an ancient Egyptian tomb inferred from ground-penetrating radar imaging of deflected overburden horizons. Archaeological Prospection, 22 (1), 33–44.
  • (2014). The Book of the Dead from the second pillared hall of the tomb of Karakhamun: A preliminary survey. In E. Pischikova (Ed.), Tombs of the South Asasif necropolis: Thebes, Karakhamun (TT 223), and Karabasken (TT 391) in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (pp. 173–199). Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.
  • (2014). The Book of the Dead from the western wall of the second pillared hall in the tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223). In E. Pischikova, J. Budka & K. Griffin (Eds.), Thebes in the First Millennium BC (pp. 251–268). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • (2012). Lapwing tiles. In R. Bailleul-LeSuer (Ed.), Between heaven and earth. Birds in ancient Egypt (pp. 140–142). Oriental Institute Museum Publications 35. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
  • (2012). The Book of the Dead in the tomb of Karakhamun. Egyptian Archaeology, 40, 10–11.
  • (2007). An ꜣḫ ı͗ḳr n rꜥ stela from the collection of the Egypt Centre, Swansea’. In T. Schneider & K. Szpakowska (Eds.), Egyptian stories: A British Egyptological tribute to Alan B. Lloyd (pp. 137–148). Alter Orient und Altes Testament 347. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.
  • (2007). A reinterpretation of the use and function of the rekhyt rebus in New Kingdom temples. In M. Cannata (Ed.), Current research in Egyptology 2006 (pp. 66–84). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • (2006). Images of the rekhyt from ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt, 7 (2), 45–50.

Edited Volumes

  • Pischikova, E., Budka, J., & Griffin, K. (Eds.). (2018). Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond. London: Golden House Publications.
  • Pischikova, E., Budka, J., & Griffin, K. (Eds.). (2014). Thebes in the First Millennium BC. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Griffin, K. (2008). Current research in Egyptology 2007. Oxbow Books: Oxford.

Excavations

  • South Asasif Conservation Project, Luxor, Egypt, June–July 2019; July–September 2018; July–August 2016; May–August 2015; July–September 2014; June–July 2013; August-September 2012; July–September 2011; July–August 2010 (epigrapher) [Directed by Dr. Elena Pischikova]
  • Thutmosis III Temple Project, Luxor, Egypt, September–October 2019 (epigrapher) [Directed by Dr. Myriam Seco Álvarez]
  • Pacific Lutheran Valley of the Kings Project, Luxor, Egypt, February 2019 (object registrar) [Directed by Prof. Donald P. Ryan]
  • AcrossBorders, Sai Island, Sudan, January 2016; January–March 2015 (object registrar) [Directed by Prof. Dr. Julia Budka]
  • Ahmose-Tetisheri Project, Abydos, Egypt, April 2010 (Archaeologist) [Directed by Dr. Steve Harvey]
  • Oystermouth Castle, Swansea, Wales, July 2009 (square supervisor)
  • Church Hill: Roman Villa, Swansea, Wales, July 2008 (square supervisor)
  • Lodge Wood: Hill Fort, Caerleon, Wales, June 2000

Conferences Organised

Professional Associations

Select Presentations

Talks and lectures are regularly given to local and national groups on Egyptological topics. Past presentations include:

  • ‘“No Man may Ascend to it, Except the One who is the Great Priest”: Temple Accessibility in Ancient Egypt’. Paper delivered at the North East Ancient Egypt Society Study day, Temples, Cults and Rituals. Newcastle, 24th November 2018.
  • ‘From Queen to Pharaoh: The Reign of Hatshepsut’. Paper delivered at the Separate Spheres and Closed Doors. Recasting Gender and Space GENCAS conference. Swansea University, Swansea, 20th April 2018.
  • ‘The Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual): New Readings and Problematic Passages’. Paper delivered at the IX Ancient Egyptian Language and Text. University of East Anglia, Norwich, 09th June 2017.
  • ‘The Transmission of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual): From Temple to Tomb and Back Again’. Paper delivered at the XI. Tempeltagung: The Discourse between Tomb and Temple. Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, 27th May 2017.
  • ‘The Transmission of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night’. Paper delivered at Tradition et transmission des rituels égyptiens anciens: Continuité et rupture. Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France, 18th May 2017.
  • ‘The ritual of the Hours of the Night in the tomb of Karakhamun’. Paper delivered at Thebes in the First Millennium B.C. Mummification Museum, Luxor, Egypt, 25th September 2016.
  • ‘The ushabtis of the Divine Adoratrice Qedmerut’. Lecture delivered at the De la mère du roi à l’épouse du dieu colloquium, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 14th May 2016.
  • ‘Popular worship in ancient Egypt: The rekhyt rebus’. Lecture delivered for the Scientific Research Committee, Ministry of State for Antiquities, Luxor, Egypt, 22nd April 2015.
  • ‘The Book of the Dead from the second pillared hall of the tomb of Karakhamun’. Paper delivered at Thebes in the First Millennium B.C. Mummification Museum, Luxor, Egypt, 1st October 2012.
  • ‘Identifying and recording the Book of the Dead in the second pillared hall of the tomb of Karakhamun’. Paper delivered at Current Research in Egyptology XIII, Birmingham, 30th March 2012.
  • ‘An analysis of the rekhyt rebus on the columns of the temple of Seti I at Abydos’. Paper delivered at British Egyptological Conference III, British Museum, London, 11th–12th September 2010.
  • ‘An analysis of the rekhyt rebus on the columns of the temple of Seti I at Abydos’. Paper delivered at Current Research in Egyptology XI, Leiden, 8th January 2010.
  • ‘Popular worship at Luxor Temple: An examination of the rekhyt rebus and so-called “people’s gate”’. Paper delivered at the 60th Annual American Research Center in Egypt Conference, Dallas; Texas, 24th April 2009.
  • ‘An analysis of a curious gateway scene from the temple of Ramesses II at Abydos’. Paper delivered at Current Research in Egyptology X, Liverpool, 8th January 2009.
  • ‘Triumphs in ancient Egypt through the eyes of the rekhyt’. Paper delivered at Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Swansea University, 22nd November 2008.
  • ‘An analysis of the representations of the rekhyt within the temples of ancient Egypt’. Paper delivered at Egyptian World Seminar: New Research in Egyptology, Cambridge University, 12th November 2008.
  • ‘Links between the doorways and the rekhyt in ancient Egypt’. Paper delivered at the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, Rhodes, 22nd–29th May 2008.
  • ‘Holding the rekhyt: An analysis of the scenes depicting the pharaoh ‘offering’ the rekhyt to the gods’. Paper delivered at British Egyptological Conference II, Liverpool, 15th–16th March 2008.
  • ‘A curious female figurine in the Egypt Centre collection’. Paper delivered at Current Research in Egyptology IX, Manchester, 9th–11th January 2008.
  • ‘An analysis of the entities present on the columns within the temple of Ramesses II at Abydos’. Paper delivered at Current Research in Egyptology VIII, Swansea, 19th–21st April 2007.
  • ‘A reinterpretation of the use and function of the rekhyt rebus in New Kingdom temples’. Paper delivered at Current Research in Egyptology VII, Oxford, 6th–8th April 2006.

Collaborations and consultancy work

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