Alistair Dickey

Postgraduate Research Student


Outside of his studies, Alistair has been involved in archaeological projects in Egypt, Cyprus and Kazakhstan. In addition to this, Alistair has worked for a commercial archaeological company, Archaeological Development Services Ltd.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Neolithic to Old Kingdom Egyptian Cloth: An exploration of the social, technological and international contexts of cloth and textile production."

It is only in the past 20 years that our understanding of textile technology in the early periods of Egyptian history has been investigated. However, much remains unknown. Through a fresh examination of early Egyptian textiles housed in Bolton Museum, complimented by contemporary data from recently excavated material in Egypt, Alistair will examine the role, use and function of cloth in early Egypt.

This will involve a technical analysis of the material and utilisation of the latest analytical techniques to add to our understanding of early textile technology. The material being investigated originates in a funerary context, thus providing specific insight into the function and role of textiles – particularly cloth - in the mortuary assemblage of both elite and non-elite burials.

Research Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).