Department of Ancient History

Dr Linda Evans

ancient-staff lindaevansBA Hons (Adelaide), MA, PhD (Macquarie)

Contact Details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8802 
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 521
Email: Linda.Evans@mq.edu.au
 

Profile

Linda Evans is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. She studied Classical Studies and Psychology at the University of Adelaide (1980) and completed an Honours degree in Psychology (1981) before working in the field of Biology in the United States (at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri; Rockefeller University, New York; and the University of California, Davis). Upon returning to Australia in 1993, she completed both an MA (1998) and PhD (2007) in Egyptology at Macquarie University.

Research Interests

Dr Evans is an environmental historian who explores the relationship between humans and non-human animals in the ancient world as reflected in religious ideas, symbolism, and especially art. Her PhD concerned the representation of animal behaviour in Egyptian tomb scenes. She subsequently completed a three-year postdoctoral study of the depiction of invertebrates (insects, arachnids, and molluscs) in Egyptian art (wall scenes, jewellery, amulets, etc), followed by a second postdoctoral project that examined current scientific understanding of Egypt's geography, climate, flora, and fauna during the pharaonic era and evaluated the impact of natural phenomena on Egyptian cultural expression. A Macquarie University Research Development Grant (2015-2016) and an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (2016-2018) are now enabling her to explore a related theme, namely, the religious and symbolic meaning of the natural world for the Egyptians, via a detailed study of the animal imagery at the ancient Egyptian cemetery site of Beni Hassan.

Grants and Awards

2016-2018: ARC Discovery Project (DP160102223) with N. Kanawati, A. Woods and J. Kamrin (Metropolitan Museum of Art) - Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem

2015-2016: Macquarie University Research Development Grant (MQRDG) - Beasts and beliefs at Beni Hassan: Identifying new religious functions for ancient Egyptian tomb art.

2015: Recipient, ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Mentoring Scheme

2011-2014: ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (DP110100922) with N. Kanawati, A. Woods and G. Robins (Emory University) - Immortal Egypt: Cultural tradition and transition during the First Intermediate Period at Meir

2008-2010: Macquarie University Research Fellowship

2006: Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence

Publications (2005 - present)

Books

Kanawati, N. and Evans, L., Beni Hassan. Vol. III: The Tomb of Amenemhat, ISBN: 978-0-85668-866-9 (ACE Reports 40; Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2016).

Kanawati, N., Evans, L., Lashien, M., Mourad, A.-M. and Senussi, A., The Cemetery of Meir. Vol. III: The Tomb of Niankhpepy the Black, ISBN: 978-0-85668-856-0 (ACE Reports: 38; Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2015).

Kanawati, N. and Evans, L., Beni Hassan. Vol. I: The Tomb of Khnumhotep II, ISBN: 978-0-85668-846-1 (ACE Reports 36: Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2014).

Kanawati, N. and Evans, L., The Cemetery of Meir. Vol. II: The Tomb of Pepyankh the Black, ISBN: 978-0-85668-841 (ACE Reports 34; Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2014).

Evans, L. (ed.), Ancient Memphis: 'Enduring is the Perfection'. Proceedings of the International Conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney on August 14-15, 2008, ISBN: 978-90-429-2546-5 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 214; Leuven: Peeters, 2012).

Evans, L., Animal Behaviour in Egyptian Art: Representations of the Natural World in Memphite Tomb Scenes, ISBN: 978-0-86668-826 (ACE Studies 9; Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2010).

Book chapters

Evans, L. The Good Shepherd's flock: Insights from ancient Egyptian art, Festschrift Colin Hope. Accepted for publication 28/7/16.

Evans, L., Pig overboard? An enigmatic tomb scene from Beni Hassan. In: Di Biase-Dyson, C. (ed.), Festschrift Boyo Ockinga, ISBN: 978-3-86835-235-1 (Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, in press). Accepted for publication: 3/3/16.

Evans, L., Ancient Egyptian response to the natural world. In: Janák, J. and Bárta, M. (eds), Profane Landscapes, Sacred Spaces, ISBN: 978-178-179-409-8 (Sheffield: Equinox, in press). Accepted for publication: 10/02/15.

Evans, L., Animal behaviour in Egyptian art: A brief overview. In: Kousoulis, P. & Lazaridis, N. (eds), Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008, ISBN: 978-90-429-2550-2 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 241; Leuven: Peeters, 2015), 1653-1666.

Evans, L., Bird behavior in ancient Egyptian art. In: Bailleul-LeSuer, R. (ed.), Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt. Oriental Institute Museum Publications 35 (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2012), 91-98.

Evans, L., Micro-Memphis: The representation of insects in Egyptian art. In: Evans, L. (ed.), Ancient Memphis: 'Enduring is the Perfection'. Proceedings of the International Conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney on August 14-15, 2008 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 214; Leuven: Peeters, 2010), 1-3.

Evans, L., Otter or mongoose? Chewing over the evidence in wall scenes. In: Woods, A., McFarlane, A. and Binder, S. (eds), Egyptian Culture and Society: Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati. 2 vols. (Cairo: SCA, 2010), 119-129.

Journal papers

Evans, L. and Woods, A., Further evidence that Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep were twins, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, in press (2017). Accepted for publication: 26/3/15.

Evans, L., Beasts and beliefs at Beni Hassan: A preliminary report, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 52, in press (2016) Accepted for publication: 19/2/16.

Evans, L., The mystery of the bee's fifth leg, Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology (forthcoming).

Evans, L., The cow: Symbol of solicitude in ancient Egyptian life, Egypte, Afrique et Orient (forthcoming).

Nazari, V. and Evans, L., Butterflies in ancient Egypt, Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 69.4 (2015), 242-267.

Cooper, J. and Evans, L., Transforming into a swallow: Coffin Text spell 294 and avian behaviour, Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 142 (2015), 12-24.

Evans, L., Invertebrates in ancient Egyptian art: Spiders, ticks, and scorpions. In: Massiera, M., Mathieu, B. and Rouffet, F. (eds), Apprivoiser le sauvage - Taming the Wild: Glimpses on the Animal World in Ancient Egypt, Les Cahiers Égypte Nilotique et Méditerranéenne (Montpellier: Université Paul Válery, 2015), 145-157. Invited paper.

Evans, L., The Egyptian goddess Renenutet: Why did a cobra symbolise abundance? Göttinger Miszellen 238 (2013), 41-50.

Evans, L., Animals in Coptic art, Göttinger Miszellen 232 (2012), 63-73.

Swinton, J. and Evans, L., Force-feeding animals in Old Kingdom scenes: A reply, Göttinger Miszellen 232 (2012), 137-142.

Evans, L. Userkaf's birds unmasked, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97 (2011), 246-250.

Evans, L. The shedshed of Wepwawet: An artistic and behavioural interpretation, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97 (2011), 103-115.

Evans, L., The Anubis animal: A behavioural solution?, Göttinger Miszellen 216 (2008), 17-24.

Evans, L., Fighting kites: Behaviour as a key to species identity in wall scenes, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 93 (2007), 245-247.

Evans, L., The curious case of the "mummified pigeon", Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 18 (2007), 59-64.

Evans, C.S. and Evans, L., Representational signalling in birds, Biology Letters (2007), 8-11.

Letters

Evans, L., Ancient Egypt's fluctuating fauna: Ecological events or cultural constructs?, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112.3 (2015), 1 (10.1073/pnas.1421246112).

Encyclopaedia entries

Evans, L., Hunting, fishing, and gathering: Egypt. In: Bogucki, P. (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World Vol. 2 (New York: Facts on File, 2007), 573-575.

Evans, L., Illumination: Egypt. In: Bogucki, P. (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World Vol. 2 (New York: Facts on File, 2007), 585-586.

Evans, L., Milestones: 12th century.  In: Historica (Elanora Heights: Millennium House, 2006), 50-53.

Evans, L., The Arts: 12th century.  In: Historica (Elanora Heights: Millennium House, 2006), 58-61.

Evans, L., The meaning of maat. In: Bolliger, B. (ed.), Egypt: The Land and Lives of the Pharaohs Revealed (Rowville: Global Book, 2005), 82-83.

Evans, L., Art and sculpture in the Old Kingdom. In: Bolliger, B. (ed.), Egypt: The Land and Lives of the Pharaohs Revealed (Rowville: Global Book, 2005), 120-123.

Book reviews

Evans, L., A History of Ancient Egypt (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) by M. van de Mieroop. Journal of the American Oriental Society 132.4 (2012), 713-714.

Evans, L., Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks (Princeton: PUP, 2010) by J. McInerney. Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 39.2 (2009) [2012], 261-264.

Evans, L., Egypt: Pharaonic Period (Berkeley: UCP, 2008) by A. Fassone and E. Farrone. Journal of the American Oriental Society 129.1 (2009), 159.

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