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Dr. David A. Aston  


  • Funerary Archaeology: Third Intermediate – Persian Periods
  • New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period Chronology
  • Egyptian Pottery from the Second Intermediate Period to the early Ptolemaic Period

Akademischer Werdegang


Ph.D in Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham, for a thesis on “Tomb Groups from the end of the New Kingdom to the beginning of the Saite Period”


Teaching Assistant, Egyptian Archaeology, at the University of Birmingham (England)


Lecturer, Recent Developments in Egyptian Archaeology at the Katholieken Universitat, Leuven (Belgium)

Beruflicher Werdegang


Mitarbeiter des Instituts für Orientalische und Europäische Archäologie (OREA) an der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien


Mitarbeiter, SCIEM 2000, und nachdem, Komission für Ägypten und die Levante, Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien


Mitarbeiter, Grabung, Tell el-Daba, Ägypten


Werkvertrag DAI, Kairo – Egyptian Pottery from the late Nineteenth Dynasty to the early Ptolemaic Period


Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim, Grabung Qantir


Member, Egypt Exploration Society, London



Finds from the Anubeion I: The Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom, by P.G. French (Egypt Exploration Society), London.


Under the Potter’s Tree. Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bourriau on the Occasion of her 70th Birthday, mit Bettina Bader, Carla Gallorini, Paul Nicholson und Sarah Buckingham, (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 204), Leuven, 2011.


Ph.D examiner for Macquarrie University, Sydney (Australia), Paris Sorbonne (France), Lyon University (France)

EU Project reviewer for KU Leuven (Belgium) and Leiden University (Netherlands)

Vorträge der letzten 3 Jahre


In Vino Veritas. The Reign of Tuthmosis IV. University of Brussels (Belgium) 7. November 2013


Royal Burials at Thebes During the First Millennium BC, Conference Thebes in the First Millenium BC. Luxor, 4. Oktober, 2012 (Ägypten)


New Kingdom Chronology. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, 5. Mai 2011.

Oases Pottery in the Nile Valley, IFAO, Cairo, Ägypten, 21. Dezember 2011.


Third Intermediate Period Tombs at Abydos and Thebes, Workshop “Ritual deposits in sanctuaries and tombs at Abydos and Thebes. Evidence from the First Millennium BC”, Luxor, Ägypten, 4. Oktober 2010.

Aktuelle Publikationen

in press

The Faces of the Hyksos: Ceramic Sculpture in the Fifteenth Dynasty, in: O. Ogelet and A. Oppenheim (eds.), Festschrift Dorothea Arnold, Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 19 New York.

In Vino Veritas. A Docketed History of the New Kingdom between 1479 and 1279 BC, in: Z. Hawass und J. van Dijk (eds.), Another Mouthful of Dust. Festschrift Geoffrey Martin, (CASAE) Kairo.

The Pottery, in: G. T. Martin (ed.), The Tomb of Horemheb, KV 57 in the Valley of the Kings, London.

The Third Intermediate Period, in: I. Shaw und J.P. Allen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Egyptology – History, Problems and Issues, Oxford.

Turning Towards the Dark Side, Fifteenth Dynasty Black Burnished Wares, in: C. Koehler, C. Knoblauch and B. Bader (eds.), Proceedings of the Pottery Conference, Vienna II, Leuven.

TT 358, TT 320, and KV 39. Three Early Eighteenth Dynasty Queen’s Tombs in the Vicinity of Deir el-Bahri, in Z. Szafranski (ed.), Deir el-Bahri Studies, Warsaw.

A Possible Twenty-Square Game (?) and other Varia from L81, in: FS Pusch.

How Early (and How Late) can Khyan Really Be ?

(mit M. Bietak) Nubians in the Nile Delta, in: N. Spencer (ed.), Proceedings of a Nubian Conference at the British Museum.

The Pottery, in: S. Bickel (ed.), KV 64.

A Long Way From Home. Oases Vessels in the Nile Valley. Pages from my notebooks. CCE 11.

Studies on the Pottery found by “MISR: Mission Siptah – Ramses X” University of Basel, Switzerland, Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte 81, 2008.

The Pottery, in: H. Sourouzian et al., Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte 81, 2008.


A Copy of a Copy of a Copy, or an Imitation Kamares-Ware Vessel from Tell el-Dab‘a, in: A. Jimenez-Serrano and C. von Pilgrim (eds.), From the Delta to the Cataract, Studies dedicated to Mohammed el-Bialy, Leiden/Boston, 2015, 1–8.


Pottery recovered near the Tombs of Seti I (KV 17) and Siptah (KV 47) in the Valley of the Kings (Aegyptiaca Helvetica 24), Basle, 2014.

Royal Burials at Thebes During The First Millenium B.C., in: E. Pischikova, J. Budka and K Griffin (eds.), Thebes in the First Millennium BC, Newcastle, 2014, 15–59.

Radiocarbon, Wine Jars and New Kingdom Chronology, Ägypten und Levante 22/23, 2012/2013, 289–315.


Mother’s Best Tea Service, Pottery as Diplomatic Gifts in the Second Intermediate Period, in: B. Bader und M. Ownby (Hrg.), Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 217, Leuven, 2013, 375–401.

TT 320 and the k3y of Inhapi, A reconsideration based on ceramic evidence, GM 236, 2013, 7–20.


(mit M. Bietak) Tell el-Dab’a VIII, The Classification and Chronology of Tell el-Yahudiya Ware, with contributions by Hanan Charraf, Aren Maeir, Robert Mullins, Lawrence E. Stager, Ross Voss and Karin Kopetzky, UZK 12 (Vienna 2012).

From the Deep South to the Far North, Nubian Sherds from Khatana and Ezbet Helmi (Tell el-Dab’a), in: I. Forstner-Müller and P. Rose (eds.), Nubian Pottery from Egyptian Cultural Contexts of the Middle and Early New Kingdom. Proceedings of a Workshop held at the Austrian Archaeological Institute at Cairo, 1–12 December 2010 (Vienna 2012) 159–179.

Cypriote Pottery and its Imitations from Hebwa IV, in: Mayer Gruber, Shmuel Aḥituv, Gunnar Lehmann and Zipora Talshir (eds.), All the Wisdom of the East. Studies in Near Eastern Archaeology and History in Honor of Eliezer D. Oren, OBO 255, Göttingen 2012, 13–56.


The Saqqara Embalmers’ Caches Reconsidered; Typology and Chronology, in: D. Aston, B. Bader, C. Gallorini, P. Nicholson und S. Buckingham (eds.), Under the Potter’s Tree. Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bouirriau on the Occasion of her 70th Birthday, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 204 (Leuven, 2011) 45–74.

Theban Funerary Customs ca. 950–650 BC., in: Z. Hawass, T.A. Bacs und G. Schreiber (eds.), Proceedings of the Colloquium on Theban Archaeology at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, November 5, 2009 (Kairo, 2011) 9–32.

The LH IIIA2-B Transition, The Gurob and Saqqara Evidence Reassessed, in: W. Gauß, M. Lindblom, R.A.K. Smith und J.C. Wright (eds.), Our Cups Are Full: Pottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age. Papers Presented to Jeremy B. Rutter on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2227 (Oxford 2011) 1–12.

Blue Painted Pottery of the Late Eighteenth Dynasty. The material from the Tomb of Maya and Meryt at Saqqara, Cahiers de la Ceramique Égyptienne 9, 2011, 1–35.


Late Period Pottery from the New Kingdom Necropolis at Saqqara, Egypt Exploration Society, mit B.G. Aston (EES Excavation Memoir 92), London, 2010.

Theban Potmarks. Nothing other than funny signs ?, in: O. Kaper und B.J. Haring (eds.), Pictograms or Pseudo-Scripts, Acts of a Congress on Non-Textual Communication Systems, Egyptologische Uitgaven 25 (Leiden 2010) 49–65.

The Pottery from sector L49 at Heracleopolis Magna, in: C. Pérez Die (ed.), Ehnasya el Medina, Egipto. La necropolis "real" del Tercer Periodo Intermedio y su reutilización (Madrid, 2010) 28–83.

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