Ancient Egypt Links

Bibliographies Current Projects Language Resources Misc. Resources Online Texts



Brown University’s Selected Bibliography (English) – A useful bibliography provided by Brown’s Egyptology Deparment.

  • Topics include: Arts and Crafts, Egypt and its Neighbors, Hieroglyphs and Egyptian Grammar, History of Egypt, History of Egyptology, Literature, Mummies, People and Daily Life, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Tombs, Temples, Reference Works, Religion, Science and Technology, Tutankhamun, and Women in Ancient Egypt.


Oriental Institute’s Recommended Reading List (English) : Concise list of recommended reading material for the Ancient Near East.

  • Topics include: General Reference, Books for Students, Hieroglyphs and Egyptian Literature, Mummies and Mummification, Construction Techniques, and Art Themes and Sources of Specific Periods (Predynastic and Archaic Periods, Old Kingdom, First Intermediate Period, Middle Kingdom, Second Intermediate Period, New Kingdom, and Post New Kingdom).


Theban Mapping Project Bibliography, Dr. Kent Weeks, Director, (English, French, and German) – Extensive bibliographical references the entire Theban West Bank.

  • Topics include: Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Deir el-Bahari and other mortuary temples, and the Tombs of Nobles.


Current Projects:

Amarna ProjectDirected by Barry J. Kemp.

The Amarna Project seeks to: explore by archaeology the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context; preserve what is left of the ancient city; promote study and recording of the history, archaeology and traditional life and crafts of the surrounding region; increase public knowledge, at all levels, of the city of Amarna and of the surrounding region.”

Digital KarnakDirected by Diane Favro and Willeke Wendrich.

“The Digital Karnak Project aims to make the site of Karnak more accessible to students and instructors in the English-speaking world. The features of this website have been designed to provide college classrooms (and the interested public) with easily accessible, up-to-date, expert material relating to the temple precinct.”

The Epigraphic SurveyDirected by W. Raymond Johnson.

“The mission of the Survey since its founding in 1924 has been to produce photographs and precise line drawings of the inscriptions and relief scenes on major temples and tombs at Luxor for publication. More recently the Survey has expanded its program to include conservation.”

Saqqara ExcavationsDirected by Dr. Maarten Raven.

An important reason for choosing Saqqara as a dig site was the presence of several masterpieces in the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, the Netherlands. It was hoped that their original findspot could be rediscovered and thereby the context of these reliefs and statues.

Survey and Excavation Projects in EgyptDirected by Dr. Gregory Mumford.

The objectives of this project are broad, but include: an examination of the relations between Egypt and her neighbours, concentrating on the East Delta and Sinai; the excavation, analysis, and reconstruction of all aspects of the Late Period settlement of Tell Tebilla (East Delta); investigating the more neglected aspects of Egypt’s exploitation of and interaction with South Sinai.

Tell Edfu ProjectDirected by Nadine Moeller

The current Tell Edfu Project started in 2001 as a project of the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College) under the direction of Nadine Moeller who was granted the concession for site by the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt. The first few seasons focused mainly on a detailed survey of the whole site which currently covers an area of about 6 hectares. The main aim was to investigate the development of this provincial town from the end of Old Kingdom (2200 BC) to the beginning of the Middle Kingdom (ca. 1850 BC).

Theban Desert Road SurveyDirected by John C. Darnell.

“Within a broad concession bounded essentially by the Girga Road to the north and the region of Aniba to the south, the Theban Desert Road Survey (TDRS) and Yale Toshka Desert Survey (YTDS) explore the caravan routes of the Western Desert, principally those connecting the Thebaïd with Kharga Oasis, the small oases of the Nubian Western Desert, and points beyond.”

Theban Mapping ProjectDirected by Dr. Kent Weeks.

“Since its inception in 1978, the Theban Mapping Project (TMP, now based at the American University in Cairo) has been working to prepare a comprehensive archaeological database of Thebes. The TMP believes that the first and most essential step in preserving this heritage is a detailed map and database of every archaeological, geological, and ethnographic feature in Thebes.”


Language Resources:

Ancient Egyptian Language Email List – The AEL is an email list whose purpose is to discuss the language and related subjects. The site provides their email archive, which is an excellent resource in understanding the language since well-known Egyptologists do participate. They also offer a translation of certain texts with a variety of translations for certain lines.

  • Translations include: Papyrus Westcar, The Story of Sinuhe, The Eloquent Peasant, The Shipwrecked Sailor, The Destruction of Mankind, Hatshepsut’s Obelisk, and more.

GlyphStudy – Yahoo study group for Middle Egyptian with different sections for different grammars.

Middle Egyptian Introduction – A brief overview of Middle Egyptian helpful for individuals just beginning their studies. Created by an anonymous author with a M.A. in Egyptology.

Translations (PDF) – Created by Mark-Jan Nederhof, the index offers translations in pdf files that consist of the transliteration, translation, and in most cases, the hieroglyphs. The first page of each pdf includes the date it was last modified, notes on the translation, and bibliography.

  • Translations include: The Eloquent Peasant, Shipwrecked Sailor, Sinuhe, Papyrus Westcar, Punt Expedition of Queen Hatshepsut, Hymn to Osiris, The myth of the Destruction of Mankind, and selected texts from Adrian de Buck’s Egyptian Readingbook.


Misc. Resources:

ABZU – Search engine with a large collection of on-line resources dealing with the Ancient Near East.

Early Travelers to Egypt– A collection of interesting comments about Egypt from early travelers. The Center for Computer-aided Egyptological Research compiled these notes from Martin R. Kalfatovic’s book, Nile notes of a howadji: a bibliography of travelers’ tales from Egypt, from the earliest time to 1918.

Egyptian Monuments – A fantastic and information packed blog created by Su Bayfield. She includes travel tips, pictures, and historical information for essentially every area in Egypt. The five main headings are: The Delta, The Deserts, Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt, and Middle Egypt.

Egyptian Timeline – A brief introduction into the different historical periods of Ancient Egypt.

Encylopedia of Egyptology – Electronic encyclopedia provided by UCLA. The site offers a search function and is updated regularly. An incredible resource for those without access to a library with an Egyptology collection.

Pyramid Texts Online – Interactive site created by Vincent Brown.Both pictures of the hieroglyphs and translations are offered. Ordered by: corridor, antechamber, passage, and sarcophagus chamber.

Online Texts:

Erman, Adolf:

Gardiner, Alan Henderson: