Naguib Kanawati, Professor of Egytpology in the Department of Ancient History and Director of the Australian Centre for Egyptology, 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 500 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”. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia “for services to education in the field of archaeology and Egyptology and to the community”.
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 Cemeteries of Meir near Asyut and Beni Hassan near El-Minya. Fieldwork was also conducted at Giza and Saqqara near Cairo.
Kanawati’s 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. He has published 55 monographs and numerous articles in scientific journals and has contributed to the community outreach through regular public lectures and media appearances.
Naguib Kanawati was appointed a Macquarie University Distinguished Professor in 2010.