Prof Christopher Eyre MA, DPhil.

Professor Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology


    Research Interest 1

    Current research is focused on the use of both textual and archaeological sources to address the nature of the pharaonic regime, and to provide an informed study of non-elite life in pharaonic Egypt, focused on anthropologial approaches to law, economics, social organization and religion. This means to work outside the ideological presentation of Egypt as a bureaucratic and efficient civilization, and focus on non-monolithic interpretations of the Egyptian record, working from close analysis of specific data to approach the behaviour and status of individuals in context.

    A specific strand of this work has focused on the history of the Egyptian language, as a purely linguistic study but more extensively on the nature and history of literacy: the use of documents in administration, of literature as a social activity for communication and performance, and of ritual as the anti-dogmatic and performative reality of personal and unofficial religious practice.

    Research Grants

    Ancient Egyptian laments from the Old to New Kingdoms: origins, contexts and development.


    September 2004 - August 2007

    The use of documents in ancient Egypt.


    February 2005 - May 2005