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BSS and Summer School 2018 Course Directors


Christopher Coleman was a Lecturer in History at University College London, where he remains an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of History. He is involved in research on the career of Sir Robert Mond and the related work of several of his associates, especially that of Oliver Myers and Hans Winkler at Armant and in Egypt’s Eastern and Western Deserts. He founded Bloomsbury Summer School in 1990 and it soon became the most successful organisation of its kind in the United Kingdom. Through BSS he has made significant financial (and other) contributions to a wide range of research projects in Egyptian archaeology and related subjects: expeditions to Hierakonpolis, Zawiyet Sultan, Saqqara, Mo’alla, Abydos, the Abu Tartur Plateau, Mendes, the royal tombs KV5 and KV39 in the Valley of the Kings; as well as the Centre for Alexandrian Studies; the Amarna Royal Tombs Project; the Amarna Trust; the Theban Mapping Project; the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project; the Western Sahara Geo-Archaeological Survey; the University of Oxford’s Griffith Institute; UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology; the Rock Art Topographical Survey; the Palestine Exploration Fund; the Egypt Exploration Society; the German Archaeological Institute (DAI); the Gebel el Silsila Project; the Colossi of Memnon and Temple Conservation Project at Kom el Hettan; and The Holt Festival 2014: Egypt through the Artist’s Eye Exhibition and Lecture Programme.


Lucia Gahlin has directed numerous highly successful courses for BSS. She has been running BSS since 2009, but has played a role in its organisation since 1994. She is an Honorary Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, and teaches Egyptology particularly at Continuing Education level. She is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, and lectures around the world. She also leads regular archaeological tours to Egypt (including for Andante Travels). She has a long-standing association with UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and has worked particularly on its material from Amarna. She is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum, and has worked as Small Finds Registrar at Tell el-Amarna. Her publications include Egypt: Gods, Myths and Religion (2001) and chapters in Wilkinson, T. (ed.) The Egyptian World (2007).


Summer School 2018 course directors

Elizabeth Baquedano

Elizabeth Baquedano is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, where she also obtained her PhD. She teaches at the University of Bristol on Mesoamerican Art and Archaeology, and is currently involved in research on Aztec Gold. Elizabeth gives regular gallery talks and lectures at The British Museum and around the world. Her publications include Tezcatlipoca: Trickster and Supreme Deity (University Press of Colorado, 2014), Aztec Sculpture  (British Museum Publications, 1994), and chapters in Living with the Dead: Mortuary Ritual in Mesoamerica, ed. J. Fitzsimmons and I. Shimada (The University of Arizona Press, 2011).

Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin

Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin is a bioarchaeologist, specialising in human remains. She holds a M.A. in Archaeology from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, M.Sc. in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, and Ph.D. in Bioarchaeology from the University of Manchester. She collaborates with international research teams to investigate various aspects of life and death of past populations in Egypt and Sudan. She has worked on many archaeological sites, including Tell el-Farkha in the Delta, Thebes, and Kawa in Northern Sudan, but her main research has been focused on the ancient population of Saqqara. Iwona’s research interests include mummification, disease and disability, the relationship between social status and physical health in past populations, as well as the impact of environmental changes on health. She has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to research environmental changes and the collapse of the Nubian Kingdom of Meroe in Sudan. Iwona is Honorary Academic Curator of Human Remains at the Manchester Museum.

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University. His research focuses on ancient socio-cultural history, east-west relations in antiquity, ethnicity, women’s history and gender-issues, as well as dress and visual culture. His book Aphrodite’s Tortoise: the veiled woman of ancient Greece has won critical acclaim. For the last decade he has researched ancient Iran, especially the history and culture of the Achaemenid period (559-331 BCE), and is now one of the few scholars to work on the pre-Islamic period of Iran’s history. His recent publications include Ctesias’ History of Persia: Tales of the Orient and King and Court in Ancient Persia 559-331 BCE (both have been translated into Persian). But most pertinent to his BSS course this year, he is co-author of The Culture of Animals in Antiquity (Routledge, 2017). He often travels to Iran and is engaged in a British Consul programme linking UK and Iranian universities.

Bill ManleyBill Manley is a best-selling writer, who teaches Egyptology and Coptic at the University of Glasgow, and works with archaeological projects in Egypt. He was Senior Curator for Ancient Egypt at National Museums Scotland, and has taught hieroglyphs at Bloomsbury Summer School for twenty-five years. His best known books include The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt (1996), How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs (1998, with Mark Collier), Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners (2012) and Egyptian Art (2017). As a result he has spoken at various international book festivals, including The Sunday Times Literary Festival. His specialist output includes many other books, catalogues, articles and exhibitions covering such diverse subjects as ancient texts, the history of Egyptology, gold jewellery, the archaeology of Palestine, and the world’s earliest philosophy. Bill is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, Honorary President of Egyptology Scotland,and Co-Director of Egiptología Complutense along with Dr José-Ramón Pérez-Accino.

Lidija McKnight

Lidija McKnight holds a B.Sc. in Archaeology from the University of York and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Egyptology from the University of Manchester. Lidija conducts research into human and animal mummification, particularly through the application of non-invasive radiographic imaging. As founder of the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank, Lidija has researched collections worldwide, including many specimens originating from Egypt’s largest animal cemetery, the Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara.  She is currently undertaking research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council into so-called ‘fake’ animal mummies, to assess their role and function as votive offerings. Lidija is Honorary Curator of Archaeozoology at the Manchester Museum, and is project curator for the touring exhibition ‘Gifts for the Gods: animal mummies revealed’.

José R. Pérez-Accino

José R. Pérez-Accino is Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Ancient History at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He specialises in Egyptian literature, texts, and the intellectual world of the Ancient Egyptians. He conducts fieldwork in Egypt including at Ehnasya el-Medina (Herakleopolis Magna), and has taught Egyptology for the University of London’s Birkbeck College and University College London. He has directed many highly acclaimed courses for BSS, often regarded by our students as the most challenging and thoughtful courses we offer.

Luigi Prada

Luigi Prada is Research Associate in Egyptology at the University of Oxford and Visiting Associate Professor in Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen. He is also a Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society and the President of the Society of Friends of the Egyptian Museum in Turin. He was educated in both Egyptology and Classics, firstly in Italy and then in Oxford, and his passion for Late, Graeco-Roman, and Coptic Egypt is reflected in his current research interests. He works primarily on textual and historical studies, but he is also active in the field, both in Egypt, where he is a member of the Oxford Expedition to Elkab, and in Sudan, where he is part of Dr Vivian Davies’s mission for the Sudan Archaeological Research Society. This will be his first course for BSS.

Campbell Price

Campbell Priceis Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the University of Manchester’s Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He has a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow. He has lectured widely throughout the UK, and around Europe. Campbell has participated in fieldwork in Egypt at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham and Saqqara, and at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. His research focuses on élite monuments of the First Millennium BC, and the representation of ancient Egypt in museums. His publications include a co-edited volume Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt (Manchester University Press, 2016) and most recently Pocket Museum: Ancient Egypt (Thames and Hudson, 2018).