Department of Ancient History

Dr Susanne Binder

ancient-staff susannePhD Macquarie University, Associate Lecturer
Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures and Department of Ancient History

Contact Details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 6881 

Research interests

19th century German manuscript documents, travel accounts, historical enquiry and the history of 19th century scientific exploration of Egypt, esp. the German expedition with Richard Lepsius (1842-45).

Ancient Egypt of the New Kingdom, administration and society, prosopography, Egyptian archaeology and material culture.


Susanne Binder lectures and tutors across the disciplines of German Studies and Egyptology

In German Studies she teaches at intermediate and advanced level (GMN 311, GMN 414), preparing students for the Goethe-Institute exams at C1-level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) as well as thematic units on aspects of the German language, culture and history. Susanne regularly teaches introductory German "Reading for Special Purposes" for ancient historians who need to acquire reading knowledge for their research, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level (GMN 295, INTS 600).

In Ancient History, Susanne's focus is on Egypt with units on Ancient Egyptian Literature (AHIS 272) and on specific phases of Egyptian history (Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom). Working with texts in hieroglyphic Egyptian is integral part of these units (AHIS 372, AHIS 373). She also supervises students at all levels working on their individual research projects (AHIS 350, AHIS 399, AHPG 883/884, MRes).

Teaching Awards

  1. 2012 - The Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  2. 2012 - Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Since 1995, Susanne Binder has taken part in the annual archaeological fieldwork of the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project, working in Luxor (Egypt) with A/Prof. Boyo Ockinga and the team in the tombs TT 148 (Amenemope), TT 233 (Saroy), TT 147 (Neferrenpet) and TT 149 (Amenmose), which date to the 18-20th Dynasties of the New Kingodm (ca. 1400-1140 BCE).- In the 2007-2010 seasons, she also participated in the Macquarie University ARC-funded project "Memphis - Enduring is the Perfection" excavating in the New Kingdom levels of the Teti Cemetery North in Saqqara.



  • The Gold of Honour in New Kingdom Egypt, Australian Centre for Egyptology: Studies 8 (Oxford, 2008).

Book Chapters

  • "Fragments of Wall Decoration" in: B. G. Ockinga, The Tomb of Amenemope TT 148, Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 27 (Oxford, 2009) 129-138.
  • "Colours in TT 148: Range, Techniques and Distribution" in: B. G. Ockinga, The Tomb of Amenemope TT 148, Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 27 (Oxford, 2009) 138-149.


  • Susanne Binder and Boyo Ockinga, "Akhenaten and Amarna through the eyes of Max Weidenbach (1843 and 1845)" in: J. van Dijk (ed.), Another mouthful of dust: Egyptological studies in honour of Geoffrey Thorndike Martin, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta  (OLA) 246 (Leuven, 2016) 43-62.
  • Susanne Binder, "The Diary of Max Weidenbach in the South Australian Museum: a new source on the Prussian expedition to Egypt 1842-1845" in: Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology (BACE) 25 (2014) 9-29. ISSN 1035-7254. ISBN 978-1-74138-432-1.
  • Boyo Ockinga and Susanne Binder, "The Macquarie Theban Tombs Project: 20 years in Dra Abu el Naga" in: Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 39/2 (2009 / publication 2013) 205-247. ISSN 1032-3686.
  • Boyo Ockinga and Susanne Binder, "Fragments of an Amarna-age Stele in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery North" in: Études et Travaux 26 (2013) 502-516. ISSN 0079-3566
  • Susanne Binder, "Das Ehrengold als Machtinstrument des Königs" in: H. Beinlich (ed.), "Die Männer hinter dem König": 6. Symposium zur ägyptischen Königsideologie / 6th Symposium on Egyptian Royal Ideology Iphofen, 16.-18. Juli 2010. Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft Früher Hochkulturen 4,3 (Wiesbaden, 2012) 1-16. ISSN 1613-6950. ISBN 978-3-447-06698-3.
  • Susanne Binder, " 'Let me tell you what happened to me ...' Memphite Officials and the Gold of Honour" in: L. Evans (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 (OLA) 214 (Leuven: Peeters, 2012) 45-61. ISBN 978-90-429-2546-5.
  • Susanne Binder, "Joseph's Rewarding and Investiture (Genesis 41:41-43) and the Gold of Honour in New Kingdom Egypt" in: S. Bar, D. Kahn, and J.J. Shirley, Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 44-64. 
  • Mary Hartley, Alanah Buck and Susanne Binder, "Canine Interments in the Teti Cemetery North at Saqqara during the Graeco-Roman Period" in:  M. Barta, F. Coppens, J. Krejší (eds.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010 (Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology, 2011) 7-19. ISBN 978-80-7308-384-7.
  • Susanne Binder, "The title 'Scribe of the Offering Table': Some Observations" in: A. Woods, A. McFarlane, and S. Binder (eds) Egyptian Culture and Society. Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati, vol. I, CASAE 38 (Cairo, 2010) 1-13.
  • Susanne Binder, "The Twelfth Hour of the Amduat" in: K.N. Sowada and B.G. Ockinga (eds), Egyptian Art in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney, Mediterranean Archaeology (Sydney, 2006) 45-55.

Edited Volumes

  • Alexandra Woods, Ann McFarlane and Susanne Binder (eds),
    Egyptian Culture and Society. Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati, 2 vols., Cahiers Suppléments aux Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte [CASAE] 38 (Cairo, 2010).

Journal Editor:

Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology (1990-  ) (ISSN1035-7254)
Susanne Binder editor since 2004
BACE 15 (2004) - BACE 26 (2017) in preparation

Conference papers

2016 - "Max Weidenbach's travel diary and the 1842-45 Lepsius expedition to Egypt and the Sudan: Exploring the value of 19th century expedition documents for Egyptological research today"
Fourth Australasian Egyptology Conference, Monash University (Melbourne), Sept 16-18, 2016.

2015- "The Diary of Max Weidenbach: a new source on the Royal Prussian expedition to Egypt 1842-45"
Eleventh Biennial ASTENE Conference, Exeter July 17-20, 2015 (Association for the Study of Travel to Egypt and the Near East).

2014 - "Eine neue Quelle zur Preussischen Expedition nach Ägypten 1842-45"
Keynote speaker at Colloquium:  Zwischen Dokumentation und Imagination (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin Sept 24, 2014).

2014 -"The travel diary of Max Weidenbach, draughtsman of the royal Prussian expedition to Egypt 1842-45: insight into recording methods of a 19th-century expedition."
Third Australasian Egyptology Conference (Macquarie University July 16-18, 2014).

2012 - "The Tombs in the Valley of the Kings: Seals broken and contents plundered?"
University of Queensland and Friends of Antiquity:  'Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World' (Ancient History Day 2012: Aug 24, 2012).

2011 - "Saroy and Amenmose: Royal scribes of the (offering) table of the Lord of the Two Lands under Ramesses II"
Australasian Egyptology Conference (University of Auckland July 21-23, 2011).

2010 -"Das Ehrengold als Machtinstrument des Königs" 
6. Symposion zur ägyptischen Königsideologie, Iphofen / Germany, July 16-18, 2010.

2009 - "The Egyptian Background to the Investiture of Joseph"
Egypt, Canaan and Israel. History, Imperialism and Ideology, Haifa, May 3-7, 2009.

2008 - " 'Let me tell you what happened to me ...' Memphite Officials and the Gold of Honour"
Ancient Memphis: 'Enduring is the Perfection'. International Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney August 14-15, 2008.

2008 - "Reconstructing the phase of New Kingdom occupation: Macquarie University Excavations in the Teti Cemetery North"
Corroborree Symposium on the occasion of 25 years on the cooperation between Egypt and Australia in the field of Archaeology (Cairo, Supreme Council of Antiquities Feb 4, 2008).

Public Lectures

May 5, 2013 - Australian Centre for Egyptology:
"The first season of excavations in the tomb of Amenmose (TT 149)"

June 29, 2013: Western Australian Museum, Perth / State Library:
"Seals broken and contents plundered? The fate of the the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings"

Book Reviews

  • "Christina Riggs, The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt. Art, Identity and Funerary Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)" in: Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 37/1 (2007 - published 2009) 116-120.
  • "Silke Hallmann, Die Tributszenen des Neuen Reiches, Ägypten und Altes Testament 66 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2006)" in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 129.2 (2009) 347-349.


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