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Dr Glenn Godenho BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Egyptology Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology


Research Overview

My research interests are in:
First Intermediate Period Egypt and the tomb of Ankhtifi, near Mo'alla (around 50km south of Luxor, on the East bank of the Nile), at which I am working on a project with colleagues in Egypt and at the University of Bonn
Egypt's Ramesside Period, and particularly the fortress at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham (around 250km west of Alexandria, along the Mediterranean coast); Professor Steven Snape's project to which I am contributing
Late Antique Egypt, and the Coptic phase of the ancient Egyptian language, especially the subject of the devil and demons in the Apophtghegmata Patrum ('Sayings of the Desert Fathers')

Egypt's First Intermediate Period and the Necropolis of Ankhtifi

Hieroglyphic Detail from Ankhtifi's Tomb Inscription
Hieroglyphic Detail from Ankhtifi's Tomb Inscription

The tomb of the First Intermediate Period warlord, Ankhtifi (c. 2100BCE) forms the centerpiece of a necropolis cut into an isolated gebel near the desert edge on the East bank of the Nile, just north of the modern village of Nag Abu Said, about 30km south of Luxor. A joint Liverpool-Bonn-Egyptian mission to the site is in preparation, and will aim to continue clearance, conservation and recording work already begun by Liverpool in order to throw light on the history and culture of this particular period of Egyptian history.

PhD Supervision on Late Old Kingdom culture:
—Michelle Middleman: "The Limits of Meritocracy in the Late Old Kingdom"
—Mark Hayward: "Analysis of Soul Houses"

Inscriptional Evidence from the Ramesside Fortress at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham

Hieroglyphic Detail from the Statue of Neb-Re (now in Luxor Museum)
Hieroglyphic Detail from the Statue of Neb-Re (now in Luxor Museum)

The Ramesside fortress at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham (c. 250km along the Mediterranean cost to the west of Alexandria) has been a Liverpool research project since 2004 (directed by Dr Steven Snape). The Liverpool mission has revealed the true extent of the site, and unearthed evidence of the fortress commander, Neb-Re. A second volume is in preparation, focussing on the inscriptional evidence form the site, not least Neb-Re's unique statue inscription. For more detail, click here.

PhD Supervision on international relations in the ancient world:
—Nicky Nielsen: "Subsistence Strategies and Craft Production at the Ramesside Fort of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham" (PhD Awarded 2015)
—Diana Nikolova: "Debasement and Economic Fluctuation in Greco-Roman Egypt: Chemical Analyses of Ptolemaic Coinage from Museum Collections in the British Northwest" (PhD Awarded 2022)
—Emily Gilbert: "Representation of Royal Children in New Kingdom Egypt"
—Jonny Davies: "Flowers for the Dead: Identifying processes of enculturation using in depth analyses of artistic and literary representations of plant-life and horticulture in the funerary repertoires of Graeco-Roman Egypt"
—Catherine Bishop: "The sustainability of resin use in the Eastern Mediterranean, from the Middle to Late Bronze Age"