In autumn 2014 the Egypt Exploration Society began the first programme of scholarships by inviting six Egyptian scholars to visit their London Office for one month.
The aim of the awards was to provide young Egyptian scholars with the opportunity to benefit from the Society’s extensive Egyptological library, archive and events programme, to visit the major UK collections of Egyptian objects, and to exchange ideas with EES staff and members, and others in the UK Egyptology community.
Afaf Wahba is an Antiquities Inspector working at the Head Office of the Egyptian Sector of the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA). She is also undertaking research into ‘Childhood and Markers of Skeletal Stress in Late Period Egypt’ for a Master’s degree in the Department of Anthropology at Cairo University. Afaf has received extensive training in osteology, bioanthropology and excavation techniques at various sites throughout Egypt including Amarna, Giza, Heliopolis and Helwan, and has shared what she has learnt as a teacher at various field schools throughout the country as well. Her ambition is to establish an osteology / human remains department within the Ministry and to ensure that every inspectorate throughout Egypt is aware of the importance of, and equipped to deal with, human remains recovered from archaeological sites
Moamen Saad Mohamed is an Antiquities Inspector at Karnak Temple, in the Luxor Inspectorate. He has also worked as a Project Archaeologist for the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and recently inaugurated a field training school for inspectors at Karnak in collaboration with colleagues. Moamen’s doctoral research at South Valley University, Qena in the Faculty of Archaeology focuses on the New Kingdom inscriptions at Gebel es-Silsilah, building on previous fieldwork undertaken by the Egypt Exploration Society, and complementing a current international research project at the site.
Dr Mohamed Gamal Rashed is a Curator in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo and gained his PhD in Egyptology from Cairo University in 2010, with first class honours. He has also undertaken post-doctoral work in Museum Studies, 2012 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York University in 2012, and a German academic Exchange Service (DAAD) post-doctorate in Egyptology at the Institute of Egyptology, JGH-Mainz University in 2013. Mohamed is also a former curator at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), and as such is uniquely well-placed to understand the challenges facing the Ministry as it coordinates the development of three of the largest and most important archaeological museums in the world: the Egyptian Museum, GEM and National Museum of Egyptian Culture (NMEC).
Mohamed Youssef Ali is Director of Dahshur and Lisht Inspectorates, Ministry of State for Antiquities. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in the Egyptology Department at Tanta University where his research focuses on material discovered as a result of illicit excavations since 25 January 2011. Mohamed is very clear and passionate about the need for inspectors to understand the importance of the material being recovered and conveying this knowledge to local communities as a tool to combat looting.
Rabee Eissa Mohamed Hassan is an Antiquities Inspector in the Beni Suef Inspectorate. His doctoral research in the Faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University focuses on ‘Royal Adoration Scenes and Inscriptions in Ancient Egyptian Temples during the New Kingdom’. Very highly regarded by the American archaeologists he has worked with, Rabee has a passion for training his fellow Egyptians in what he has learned.
Reham Mahmoud Zaky El Sayed is an Antiquities Inspector in the Repatriation Department of the Minister’s Office at the MSA – the body responsible for tracking down ancient objects which have left Egypt illegally, in order to ensure their safe return. She is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in the African Studies Institute at Cairo University, where her research focuses on engagement with local communities as a part of site management in Egypt – a vital means of tackling the illicit excavation and trade of Egyptian antiquities. Reham has clear ideas as to the benefits of community engagement as a tool for combating looting, and making use of the local population to help steward archaeological sites.