Claire Ollett

Postgraduate Research Student


Claire was awarded with a 1st Class BA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool. Later on, whilst attending the same university, she achieved her MA, with distinction, in Egyptology. 

Outside of her academic life, Claire co-designed the museum exhibition: 'From Egypt's Sands to Northern Hills: John Garstang's Excavations in Egypt', which toured six different museums. In addition to this, Claire designs and delivers tailor-made Egyptology sessions in schools and museums.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Architecture, Iconography and Texts in the Temple of Hatshesut at Deir el-Bahari Motivations and Agenda"

Hatshepsut directed substantial resources to the monumental development of the sacred landscape of Thebes, and developed various mechanisms and communication strategies to legitimise her kingship within it. Her 'Mansion of Millions of Years', Djeser-djeseru, is built to her specifications and is the epitome of the integration and symbiosis of monument and landscape. Utilising a three-fold methodology examining the architectural context, iconographic programme and textual composition of this royal cult temple I am analysing the programme of royal self-presentation in order to develop a theoretical reflection on the meaning and functionality of the temple itself and its place within the broader sacred landscape. Further, I am seeking to elucidate Hatshepsut's motivations for utilising archaic and traditional forms, alongside innovative elements, within her overarching scheme to see if it is possible to establish if a specific personal agenda was at play, and if so, what it was.

Research Funding

Funded by the Duncan Norman Research Scholarship.