Research areas

Research areas


The study of ancient Egypt from the Predynastic to Early Islamic period is a central part of the ACRC's research program, with strong foci on the Pharaonic period (from predynastic to New Kingdom), Graeco-Roman Egypt, and Early Christianity and Coptic monasticism. ACRC researchers lead excavations at 11 sites in Egypt, ranging from Predynastic tombs and temples, though Old and New Kingdom tombs, to Coptic monasteries. Research projects address aspects of material culture, art history, cultural change, and languages in Pharaonic, Hellenistic and Roman, and Late Antique / Early Islamic Egypt.


ACRC teams are carrying out recording, excavation, or surveys at Beni Hassan; Helwan; Meir; Sohag; Tehna; Thebes; Abou Rawash; Wadi Araba; and Ganub Qasr al-'Aguz.

Art, Culture, and History of Pharaonic Egypt

Language, Script, and History in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt

Early Christianity and Coptic Monasticism

China and the Silk Road

From pre-modern Europe and the Byzantine Empire to China, the Silk Road was the major ancient East-West conduit for trade, diplomacy, religion, and ideas. ACRC Projects in this field explore modes of communication within and between these cultures, the establishment of religious and philosophical thought in China and the transmission and assimilation of foreign ideas by Chinese society.

Greece and Rome

ACRC researchers lead excavation and survey projects that examine the natural and built landscape of Italy and Rome, and Greece and the Aegean. Research projects also address the transformation of the Late Roman and Byzantine world into the medieval and early modern period; the Hellenistic world; and the Greek language.

Rome and Italy

The Roman world, its Neighbours, and Successors

Classical Greece and the Aegean

  • Hillard & Benness [further info to come] Sheedy [further info to come]

The Hellenistic World

The Greek Language

Early Christianity and Judaism

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