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Mag. Dr. Bettina Bader

Scientific Interests

  • Funerary and settlement archaeology in Ancient Egypt and the Levant
  • The First Intermediate Period to New Kingdom (ca. 2176 – 1450BC) in general
  • Material culture studies
  • Interpretation of distribution patterns of material culture
  • Studies in culture contacts and interaction of ancient cultures, in particular Egypt and the Levant
  • Transfer of knowledge
  • Archaeology of identity
  • Evaluation and interpretation of archaeological data derived from ceramics
  • Contextual studies
  • Re-evaluation of old excavation records and archaeological material

Academic Career

2012–2013

Assistant Professor (fixed term substitution) at the Institute for Egyptology, University of Vienna

2004

PhD. in Egyptology at the University of Vienna (summa cum laude/ausgezeichneter Erfolg)

1998

M.A. (with distinction) in Egyptology, University of Vienna

Scientific Career

Since 2015

Principal Investigator of the START Project Beyond Politics: Material Culture of Second Intermediate Period Egypt and Nubia (Y754-G19)

2010–2014

Principal Investigator of the Project Foreigners in Ancient Egypt – The Archaeology of Culture Contact (V147-G21)

2010

Scientific collaborator of the „Salvage Field School Project“ in the Luxor-Temple conducted by „Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA)“ in co-operation with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)

2009

Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

2007–2009

Researcher at the University of Cambridge, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research as Intra European Marie Curie Fellow with the Project A Bridge to Canaan

2006–2007

Researcher at the University of Vienna with the Austrian National Bank Project: Tell el-Dabca/Avaris (Egypt) and its Environment in the late Middle Kingdom (ca. 1800–1700 BC) Economy – Immigration – Acculturation

2004–2006

Researcher in the Special Research Programme: Synchronisation of Civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C., SCIEM 2000, Vienna

2002–2003

Researcher in the framework of the Special Research Programme: Synchronisation of Civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C., SCIEM 2000, Vienna

1999–2001

Researcher in Project P 13627 – SPR of the Austrian Science Fund

Memberships

Since 3.3.2015

Academia-net

Since 2012

International Association of Egyptologists

2012

American School of Oriental Research

2011

British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology

Since 2010

Egypt and Austria

2007–2009

Affiliated to Darwin College, Cambridge

2006

Senior Research Associate in Darwin College, Cambridge

Academic Awards, Fellowships

2014

START-Project awarded by the Austrian Science Fund for Beyond Politics: Material Culture in Second Intermediate Period Egypt and Nubia

2012

Positive evaluation of project V147-G21 granting continuation

2009

Grant awarded for Conference Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context from the D.M. McDonald Grants & Awards Fund

Grant awarded from the Thomas Mulvey Fund for the same Conference

2007

Fellowship for participation in the Workshop Egyptian Pottery from the Old Kingdom, Chronological and Socioeconomic Aspects, 20th – 21st August 2007, Warsaw, Poland, awarded by the Austrian Science Association.

July – September 2006

Visiting Fellowship awarded by the British Academy at Cambridge (McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research) with the project The transition of the First Intermediate Period to the early Middle Kingdom in Egypt (ca. 2176–1991 B.C.) as seen in the Cemeteries of Sedment

2005

Fellowship for participation at the 5th International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Madrid 2006 by the Austrian Science Association

2003–2004

Research Fellowship of the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Art towards the enhancement of scientific scholarship in archaeology with the project Avaris and Memphis, Two Capitals in view of ceramic finds

2002

Award of the County of Lower Austria

Editing

2016

With C.M. Knoblauch und E.C. Köhler, Vienna 2 – Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century, Proceedings of the International Conference held at the University of Vienna 14th–18th of May 2012, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 245, Leuven – Paris – Bristol, CT.

2013

With M.F. Ownby (eds.), Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context, Proceedings of a Conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, July 24th to July 25th 2009, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 217, Leuven – Paris – Walpole, MA.

2011

With D.A. Aston, C. Gallorini, P. Nicholson, S. Buckingham (eds.), Under the Potter’s Tree, Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bourriau on the Occasion of her 70th Birthday, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 204, Leuven – Paris – Walpole, MA.

Reviewing

Since 2014

Member of advisory board of the series Middle Kingdom Studies, edited by G. Miniaci and W. Grajetzki

Since 2014

Reviewer for Journal of Material Culture

Since 2013

Member of the scientific comité de lecture of the Journal Cahiers de la Céramique Égyptienne, and of Bulletin de Liaison du Groupe International d’étude de la céramique Égyptienne (Institute Francais d’archeologie orientale du Cairo)

Since 2010

GAČR – Czech Science Foundation (Tschechische Republik)

Teaching

Summer term 2016

Thebes as cult centre (Bachelor seminar)

Summer term 2013

Einführung in die Ägyptische Kunst II; (VO)

Der König in der ägyptischen Kunst; (VO)

Spezialthema Die Zweite Zwischenzeit (VO)

Die Rolle der Frau im Alten Ägypten (won in the competition by the Department for gender studies, University of Vienna, (PS)

Winter term 2012/13

Einführung in die ägyptische Kunst I; (VO)

Theben – Topographie eines Kultzentrums; (PS)

Michaelmas 2010

Teaching of postgraduate students in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge on following topcis:

Burial Goods in Egypt: Overview over the major historic periods; The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt; Practicals in Archaeology: Pottery of the Pre-Dynastic Period to the Middle Kingdom: General Concepts and Uses of Studying Pottery and How to Use and Interpret Data; Conquering and Conquered Egypt: Foreign Relations of Egypt during the New Kingdom; Syncretism, Solar religion and Sun Temples in the New Kingdom; Practicals in Archaeology: Pottery of the New Kingdom

Conference Organisation

2012

Member of Organising committee of the international Conference Vienna II: Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century, Institute for Egyptology, Vienna, 14th–19th May

2009

Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within Their Archaeological Contexts, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge 24th–25th July

2008/09

Co-Organiser of the Mulvey Egyptology Seminar Series in the University of Cambridge

Papers of the last 3 years

2016

Regional Differences in Pottery Repertoires: Two Case Studies, Workshop “Palace culture and its echoes in the provinces in the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, University of Jaen, Spain (2nd–3rd June 2016).

The Late Middle Kingdom Settlement at Tell el-Daba in Area A/II, 10th International Conference for the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, ÖAW (Vienna, 25.–29. April 2016).

(with Chr. Knoblauch) The Material Culture of the Second Intermediate Period in Egypt and Nubia: Case Study Abydos, 10th International Conference for the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, ÖAW (Vienna, 25.–29. April 2016).

Beginning regionalization of material culture in the late Middle Kingdom and the Second Intermediate Period, invited lecture, 2016 Scholars’ Workshop at the Metropolitan Museum for the exhibition Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom (22nd–23rd January 2016)

2015

Kulturkontakt – Zwischen Text, Bild und Archäologie, eine Problembehandlung, keynote lecture at ‚Berliner Arbeitskreis Junge Aegyptologie 6‘, Humboldt University Berlin (Berlin, 13th–15th November 2015)

A late Middle Kingdom settlement with irregular lay-out at Tell el-Daba, 11th International Congress of Egyptologists, Egyptian Museum Florence (Florence, 23rd–30th August 2015)

2014

Imitated pottery vessels in Egypt: An approach towards identification and classification of a phenomenon, European Association of Archaeologists, 20th Annual Meeting, Session: Pottery as Experiment (T03S014), ITU Istanbul (Istanbul, 10th–14th September)

Towards a mixed culture at Avaris, 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Session Egypt and Ancient Near East – Perceptions of Alterity, University of Basle (Basle, 9th–13th June)

Ritual oder Müll – Kontexuelle Unterschiede in Materialdeponierungen, Werkstattgespräche zum Interpretationsspektrum archäologischer Deponierungen: Abfallhaufen oder kultische Ablagerungen? Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, 5th–6th June)

2013

Die materielle Kultur einer Siedlung der XIII. Dynastie in Tell el-Daba (Ägypten), Forschungsschwerpunkt Materielle Kultur/material culture, Interdisciplinary workshop, (Institute for Egyptology, University of Vienna 4th–5th July)

Forschungsfest: Herakleopolis Magna: Nekropole und Tempel, Institute for Egyptology, (University of Vienna, 5th June)

2012

Immigrants at Tell el-Dab’a/Egypt in the late Middle Kingdom, Annual Meeting American Schools of Oriental Research, Session A82 Immigration in Archaeology (Chicago, 14th–17th November)

Settlement pottery of the late Middle Kingdom at Tell el-Daba. Quantification as a means of functional analysis, Vienna II: Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century (Vienna, 14th–18th May).

Identity visible in material remains in an ancient Egyptian settlement of the late Middle Kingdom at Tell el-Dab’a, 16th Symposion on Mediterranean Archaeology, Identity & Connectivity (Florence, 1st–3rd March)

Current Publications

In press

Preliminary Report on the Pottery from the Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III (2012), in M. Seco-Alvarez et alii., Fourth and fifth excavation seasons of the Egyptian-Spanish project at the mortuary temple of Thtumosis III at the West bank of Luxor (2011 and 2012), ASAE 87.

Chapter 4 “Children of other gods: Social Interactions”, in: P. P. Creasman, R. H. Wilkinson (eds.), Pharaoh’s Land and Beyond: Ancient Egypt and Its Neighbors, Oxford University Press.

2016

Quantification as a Means of Functional Analysis: Settlement Pottery of the Late Middle Kingdom at Tell el-Dabca, in: B. Bader, C.M. Knoblauch, E.C. Köhler, Vienna 2 – Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 245, Leuven – Paris – Bristol, CT, 47–67.

(with C.M. Knoblauch, E.C. Köhler) Introduction, in: B. Bader, C.M. Knoblauch, E.C. Köhler (eds.), Vienna 2 – Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 245, Leuven – Paris – Bristol, CT, IX–XIII.

Chapter 13 “Fish Dishes in Memphis – Overview and Analysis” in: J. Bourriau, C. Gallorini, Kom Rabia. The Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period Pottery (part of excavation report of the Egypt Exploration Society), London 2016, 221–238.

2015

Preliminary Report on the Pottery from the Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III, in: M. Seco-Alvarez et alii., Second and third Excavation Seasons of the Egyptian-Spanish Project at the Morturary Temple of Thutmosis III at the Wast Bank of Luxor (2009 and 2010), Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte 86, 2015, 358–364.

A Late Middle Kingdom Settlement at Tell el Dab'a and its Potential, in: P. Kousoulis, N. Lazaridis (eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth Interantional Congress of Egyptologists. University of the Aegean, Rhodes. 22-29 May 2008, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 241, Leuven 2015, 45–63.

Stone objects from the late Middle Kingdom settlement at Tell el-Daba, in: W. Grajetzki, G. Miniaci (eds.), The World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000–1500 BC), Contribution on Archaeology, Art, Religion and Written Sources, Golden House Publications, London 2015, 25–41.

Overview of Pottery Occurring in the Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III, in: M. Seco-Ávarez, A. Jódar Miñarro (eds.), Los Templos de Millones de Años en Tebas/The Temples of Millions of Years in Thebes, Universidad de Granada en colaboración con el Ministerio de Estado para Antigüedades (Egipto) y Real Academia de Bellas Artes Santa Isabel de Hungría de Sevilla, Granada 2015, 293–309.

Egypt and the Bronze Age Mediterranean: An Archaeological Evidence, Oxford Handbooks online, ed. by Chr. Riggs. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935413.013.35

2014

Review: D.A. Warburton, Architecture, Power and Religion, Hatshepsut, Amun and Karnak in Context, Vienna and Münster, 2012. Cambridge Archaeology Journal 24/1 (2014), 187–189.

2013

Cultural Mixing in Egyptian Archaeology: The ‘Hyksos’ as a Case Study, Archaeological Review from Cambridge Issue 28.1 (2013): Archaeology and Cultural Mixing, 257–286.

Introduction, in: B. Bader, M.F. Ownby (eds.), Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context, Proceedings of a Conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, July 24th to July 25th, 2009, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 217, Leuven – Paris – Walpole, MA 2013, 1–27.

2012

Sedment, in: A. Seiler, R. Schiestl (eds.), Handbook of Pottery of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, vol. 2 Regional Volume, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 2012, 209–235.

Herakleopolis Magna – Ehnasya el-Medina, Autumn 2006, Bulletin de Liaison du Groupe International d’étude de la céramique Égyptienne 23 (2012), 101–112.

Herakleopolis Magna – Ehnasiya el-Medina, Autumn 2003, Bulletin de Liaison du Groupe International d’étude de la céramique Égyptienne 23 (2012), 113–124.

Migration in Archaeology: An Overview with a Focus on Ancient Egypt, in: M. Messer, R. Schroeder, R. Wodak (eds.), Migrations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Springer, Vienna 2012, 213–226. (The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com)

2011

A Preliminary Report on Pottery found at Herakleopolis Magna (Ehnasya el-Medina), Cahiers de la Céramique Égyptienne 9 (2011), 37–69.

Vessels in Ceramics and Stone: The Problem of the Chicken and the Egg? in: D. Aston, B. Bader, C. Gallorini, P. Nicholson, S. Buckingham (eds.), Under the Potter’s Tree, Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bourriau on the Occasion of her 70th Birthday Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 204, Leuven – Paris – Walpole, MA 2011, 125–171.

Contacts between Egypt and Syria-Palestine as seen in a Grown Settlement of the late Middle Kingdom at Tell el-Dabca/Egypt, in: J. Mynářová (ed.), Egypt and the Near East – The Crossroads, Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Relations between Egypt and the Near East in the Bronze Age September 1–3, 2010, Charles University in Prague, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011, 41–72.

Traces of Foreign Settlers in the Archaeological Record of Tell el-Dabca/Egypt, in: K. Duistermaat, I. Regulski (Hrg.), Intercultural Contacts in the Ancient Mediterranean, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 202, Leuven 2011, 127–148.

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