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Professor Aidan Dodson


I studied at Langley Grammar School, Slough, Berks; Collingwood College, Durham University; the University of Liverpool; and Christ's College, University of Cambridge. I received a BA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean from Liverpool in 1985, an MPhil in Museum Practice & Archaeology in 1986 and my PhD in Egyptology in 1995, both from Cambridge. I was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003.

Moving from London, where I did some teaching for the Workers' Educational Association, to Bristol in 1996, I have taught here ever since, at extramural, undergraduate and post-graduate level, both in the present department and in the former Department of Continuing Education.

I spent the Spring 2013 Semester as William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

Building on my work in extramural teaching, I am the founding Chairman of the Egypt Society of Bristol, which offers regular evening lectures by visiting speakers to members of the the University and the public.

I have served as an elected Committee Member/Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK's oldest Egyptological body, for five terms since 1996, and was Chairman of Trustees from 2011 to 2016.

In 2013, I was also elected to the Board of the International Committee for Egyptian and Sudan Archaeological Museums and Collections in the International Council of Museums, with effect from 1 September 2013.

A perk of being an Egyptologist is being asked regularly to accompany tours to Egypt and Sudan.