Department of Ancient History

Dr Karin Sowada

Dr Karin Sowada image

 

BA Hons (Syd) PhD (Syd)
Australian Research Council Future Fellow

Email: karin.sowada@mq.edu.au

Profile

Karin Sowada is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow leading the Project 'Pyramids, Power and the Dynamics of States in Crisis'.  Her main area of research interest and expertise is interaction between Egypt the eastern Mediterranean during the Early Bronze Age (c. 3100-2000 BC).

Karin has a background in politics, public policy, Christian ministry and academia. She graduated in Classical and Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Sydney in 1989, and acquired a doctorate in Egyptian archaeology from the University in 2002. In a career spanning over 25 years, she has worked on archaeological excavations in Australia, Egypt, and Jordan.

From 1996 to 2005, Karin was Assistant Curator of the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University, during which time she curated a number of exhibitions and conducted extensive research on its collection of Egyptian antiquities. Karin is widely published in scholarly and popular books and articles on topics as wide-ranging as mummies, Egyptian ceramics and the archaeology of ancient cemeteries.

In other roles, Karin was inaugural CEO of Anglican Deaconess Ministries Ltd (2008-2015), and for nine years was a non-executive Director of national charity Mission Australia, in addition to many other positions in the charitable and church sector over the years. In the early 1990s, Karin served as an Australian Democrats Senator for NSW in the Commonwealth Parliament, at the time the youngest woman to do so.

Awards and Grants

  • 2017-2021
    • 'Pyramids, Power and the Dynamics of States in Crisis', Australian Research Council Future Fellowship
  • 2007      
    • 'Will the Real Mummy Please Step Forward: Dating Human Remains in Museum Collections', grant from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • 2003      
    • Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Grant
  • 2001      
    • University of Sydney Chancellor's Committee Publication Grant for Treasures of the Nicholson Museum
    • 'Sir Charles Nicholson: Anatomy of a Collector', University of Sydney Sesquicentenary Research Grant (with Prof. R. McLeod)
  • 1999     
    • 'Characterisation of Levantine Ceramic Imports in Egypt during the Third Millennium BC by PIXE/PIGME Analysis', research grant from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
    • Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Grant-in-Aid
  • 1990-4   
    • Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 1991      
    •  G. Lightoller Travelling Grant.

Publications

See mq.academia.edu/KarinSowada

Books

  • Egypt in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Old Kingdom: An Archaeological Perspective. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis Series 237 (Academic Press; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck &​ Ruprecht Fribourg, 2009).
  • K.N. Sowada and B.G. Ockinga (eds), Egyptian Art in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney. Mediterranean Archaeology Supplementary Volume (Sydney, 2006).
  • D.T. Potts and K.N. Sowada (eds), Treasures of the Nicholson Museum (Sydney, 2004).
  • J.R. Green, F. Muecke, K.N. Sowada, M. Turner and E. Bachmann, Ancient Voices - Modern Echoes: Theatre in the Greek World (Sydney, 2003).
  • K. Sowada, T. Callaghan and P. Bentley, The Teti Cemetery at Saqqara IV - Minor Burials and Other Material. Australian Centre for Egyptology Reports 12 (Sydney, 1999).

 

Articles

  • 'Evidence for late third millennium weather events from a Sixth Dynasty Tomb at Saqqara', Studia Quaternaria 30 (2013), 69-74.
  • 'Ceramics from New Kingdom Tombs at Dra Abu el-Naga, Seasons 1990-2005', Bulletin de Liaison de group internationale d'etude de la céramique égyptienne 23 (2012), 185-194.
  • K.N. Sowada, G. Jacobsen, F. Bertuch and A. Jenkinson, 'Who's that Lying in my Coffin? An Imposter Exposed by 14C Dating', Radiocarbon 53(2) (2011), 221-228.
  • K.N. Sowada, G. Jacobsen, F. Bertuch and A. Jenkinson, 'The Date of a Mummified Head in   the Nicholson Museum, Sydney', Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 21 (2010), 115-122.
  • D. Chiou and K.N. Sowada, 'A Coffin of Imported Conifer Wood from Saite Period Saqqara', Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 20 (2009), 27-36.
  • K. Sowada, C. Matheson, A. Spigelman and M. Spigelman, 'An Interloper Revealed: DNA Analysis and the Identification of an Egyptian Mummy', Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 16 (2005), 101-116.
  • 'Black-topped Ware in Early Dynastic Contexts', Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 85 (1999), 85-102.
  • 'A Relief Fragment from the Temple of Tuthmosis III at Deir el-Bahari', Mediterranean Archaeology 7 (1994), 175-183.
  • 'A Late Eighteenth Dynasty Statue in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney', Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 80 (1994), 137-143.

 

Book Chapters

  • 'Never the twain shall meet? Synchronising Egyptian and Levantine Chronologies in the third millennium BC', in F. Höflmayer and R. Eichmann (eds), Egypt and the Southern Levant during the Early Bronze Age: C14, Chronology, Connections. Proceedings of a Workshop Held in Berlin, 14th-16th September 2011. Orient-Archäologie 31. (Verlag Marie Leidorf: Rahden/Westf., 2014), 293-313.
  • J-P. Thalmann and K. Sowada, 'Levantine "Combed Ware" ', in M. Lebeau (ed.), Associated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean, Arcane Interregional, Vol. I: Ceramics (Brepols: Turnhout, 2014), 355-378.
  • 'An Egyptian Imitation of an Imported Levantine Two-Handled Jar', in D. Aston et al. (eds), Under the Potter's Tree. Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bourriau on the occasion of her 70th Birthday. OLA 204. (Leuven/Paris/Walpole, 2011), 885-892.
  • 'Forgotten Cemetery F at Abydos and Burial Practices of the Late Old Kingdom', in A. McFarlane, A. Woods and S. Binder (eds), Egyptian Culture and Society. Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati. Supplément aux Annales du service des antiquités de l'Égypte Cahier No. 38 (Cairo, 2010), 219-232.
  • 'Sir Charles Nicholson: An Early Scholar-Traveller in Egypt', in K.N. Sowada and B.G. Ockinga (eds), Egyptian Art in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney (Sydney, 2006), 1-13.
  • 'VII. Report on the Excavation and Finds', in N. Kanawati et al., The Teti Cemetery at Saqqara Vol. VIIi: The Tomb of Inumin. ACE Reports 24 (Oxford, 2006), 55-76.
  • 'VIII. The Archaeological Report' and 'IX. Description of the Finds', in B. Ockinga et al., Amenemone the Chief Goldsmith. A New Kingdom Tomb in the Teti Cemetery at Saqqara. ACE Reports 22. (Oxford, 2004), 118-147.

Other Reports and Papers

  • 'Report on a Project to Synchronize Egyptian and Levantine Chronologies of the Third Millennium BCE', Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 6/4 (2014).
  • S. Bourke, R. Sparks, B. McLaren, K. Sowada, L.D. Mairs, J. Meadows, T. Hikade and W. Reade, 'Preliminary Report on the University of Sydney's Eighteenth and Nineteenth Seasons of Excavations at Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in 1996/97', Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 47 (2003), 335-388.
  • S.J. Bourke, R.T. Sparks, K.N. Sowada, P.B. McLaren and L.D. Mairs, 'Preliminary Report on the University of Sydney's Sixteenth and Seventeenth Season of Excavations at Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) in 1994/95', Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 40 (1998), 179-211.
  • Sowada in N. Kanawati and A. Hassan et al., The Teti Cemetery at Saqqara I: The Tombs of Nedjet-em-pet, Ka-aper and Others. Australian Centre for Egyptology Reports 8. (Sydney, 1996), 28-30, 34, 49-50.
  • S.J. Bourke, R.T. Sparks, K.N. Sowada and L.A. Mairs, 'The Fourteenth Season of Excavations at Pella in Jordan by the University of Sydney', Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 38 (1994), 81-126.

Conference Proceedings

  • 'Mortuary Landscapes and Social Change in the Teti Cemetery at Saqqara', in L. Evans (ed.), Ancient Memphis, "Enduring is the Perfection". OLA 214. (Leuven, 2012), 5-6 (published conference abstract).
  • 'Egyptian Palettes in EB II and EB III Canaan', in F. Pinnock et al. (eds), Proceedings of the First International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Rome, May 1998 (Rome 2000), 1527-36.
  • 'Late Predynastic 'Black-topped Ware': A Study in Ceramic Specialisation and Chronology', in C.C. Sorrell and A.J. Ruys (eds), International Ceramic Monographs. Proceedings of the International Ceramics Conference, Austceram '94, 25-27 July 1994, Vol. 1, Numbers 1 and 2 (Sydney, 1994), 34-39.

Other Articles and Book Contributions

  • 'Torso of an Egyptian Goddess', in J. Smythe (ed.), Corroboree 25 Years of Cooperation between Egyptians and Australians in the Field of Egyptology (Cairo, 2008), article 1 page, photo 1 page.
  • 'Black-topped Ware', 'Stone Vessels', 'Shroud of the Lady Tany', ' Stela of Nebmose', 'Shabti of Si-iah', 'Statue of General Horemheb', 'Shabti Jar with Shabtis', 'Faience Tile', 'Strike Ostracon', 'Coffin of Meruah', 'Fragment of a Painted Coffin', 'Coffin of Padiashaikhet', 'Vignette from the Book of the Dead'', 'Bronze Bust of Isis', 'Papyrus fragment from The Iliad'' (with J.R. Green), 'Mummy Mask', in D.T. Potts and K.N. Sowada (eds), Treasures of the Nicholson Museum (Sydney, 2004), 38-63, 66-71.
  •  'Atef Crowns and Tuthmosis III', Discussions in Egyptology 39 (1997), 85-87.
  • 'The Politics of Error: Flinders Petrie at Diospolis Parva', Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 7 (1996), 89-96.
  • 'Ancient Egypt at the University of Sydney', Göttinger Miszellen 139 (1993), 99-102.

Book Reviews

  • M. Drower, 'Flinders Petrie: A Life in Archaeology' (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995,  Wisconsin), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 7.4 (1996), 309-311.