Department of Ancient History

Professor Naguib Kanawati

ancient-staff naguibkanawatiBA Alexandria, MA Alexandria, PhD Macquarie, FAHA, FRSN
Professor of Egyptology

Contact Details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8855
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 535


ancient lop4Naguib Kanawati, Professor of Egytpology in the Department of Ancient History and Director of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre, is an Egyptologist with a special interest in the Old Kingdom. He graduated BA in History and Archaeology and MA in Egyptology at the University of Alexandria, Egypt and obtained his PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University. After six years of teaching Near-Eastern History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, he came to Macquarie University in 1980 as Lecturer in Egyptology and in 1990 was appointed to a Personal Chair in Egyptology. In 1981 he established the Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology (now with 600 members) and in 1989 he established the Australian Centre for Egyptology and remains its Director. In 1997 Kanawati was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and in 2003 he received the Centenary Medal "for services to the Australian society and the humanities in the study of archaeology".


  • Since 1979 to present Kanawati has carried out archaeological fieldwork at a number of important sites in Upper Egypt, including El-Hawawish, El-Hagarsa, El-Hammamiya, Quseir el-Amarna, Deir el-Gebrawi and Deshasha and is currently recording the Cemetery of Meir near Asyut. In more recent years he worked at Giza and the Unis Cemetery at Saqqara and is currently excavating and studying the Teti Cemetery at Saqqara.

Grants Awarded

  • The above archaeological fieldwork has regularly been supported by Research Grants from The Australian Research Council (ARC), National Geographical Society, Washington, Macquarie University Research Development Grants (MURDG) and the Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology. Starting from 2005 Kanawati was given two five-year ARC Discovery Projects Grants, one of which is in association with C. Kohler and B. Ockinga.

National and International Links

  • Scholars with various areas of expertise and from different national and international institutions have participated in Kanawati's archaeological fieldwork. Some of his projects were also undertaken in conjunction with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and the University of Suez Canal. He has attended many international Conferences and Symposia and has given lectures at many universities.


  • Kanawati has published 38 books and numerous articles and book reviews. Among his books are:
  • Kanawati, N. and McFarlane, A., Akhmim in the Old Kingdom, Part 1: Chronology and Administration (Sydney, 1992).
  • Kanawati, N. et al., The Teti Cemetery at Saqqara, 8 vols. (Warminster, 1996-2006).
  • Kanawati, N., Tombs at Giza, 2 vols. (Warminster, 2001-2002).
  • Kanawati, N., The Tomb and Beyond: Burial Customs of Egyptian Officials (Warminster, 2001).
  • Kanawati, N., Conspiracies in the Egyptian Palace: Unis to Pepy I (London, 2003).
  • Kanawati, N. and Abder-Raziq, M., Mereruka and His Family, Part 1 (Oxford, 2004).
  • Kanawati, N., Deir el-Gebrawi, vol. 1: The Northern Cliff (Oxford, 2005).



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