Griffith Institute Honorary Senior Research Associates
As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the Griffith Institute
Committee created a small body of Honorary Senior Research Associates –
distinguished scholars whose work closely concerns or embodies the aims of the
Griffith Institute, its archive and resources.
Vivian Davies currently directs a programme of epigraphic fieldwork in Egypt
and Northern Sudan, the primary focus of research being Egypto-Nubian
relations during the end of the Second Intermediate Period and beginning of
the New Kingdom. A graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, he was Keeper of
Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum from 1988 to 2010 and Chairman
of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society from 1991 to 2011.
Renée Friedman is the director of the Expedition to Hierakonpolis, a site
well represented in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum and the Griffith
Institute Archive. Exploring various aspects of the desert portion of the
site, her work has included investigations of the Predynastic ceremonial
centre, the cemeteries of the Predynastic elite and commoners, as well as
that of a Middle Kingdom Nubian C-group community. In addition, she has
overseen the conservation and documentation of the Second Dynasty enclosure
of King Khasekhemwy and the Dynastic decorated rock cut tombs at the site.
She is currently preparing this material for comprehensive publication.
Yvonne Harpur is an Adjunct Research Fellow, Linacre College and Field
Director of the Linacre College Oxford Expedition to Egypt. She is a
specialist in the art and architecture of the Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom
periods, and is working on a book series entitled Egypt in Miniature, and on
the adaptation of the Linacre College Oxford Expedition to Egypt Scene
Details Database. Fieldwork and research are also in progress for a Rare and
Unique Details project which, in due course, will be published in a second
book series, entitled Egyptian Tombs of the Old Kingdom.
Jaromir Malek was involved in the work of the Topographical Bibliography
between 1968 and 2011, for the first three years as Dr Moss’s assistant,
then directing the project as Editor and also as Keeper of the Griffith
Institute Archive. Currently, jointly with John Ray, he is working on the
publication of the Ptolemaic graffiti from the Saqqara Serapeum, and on
several smaller projects, such as making Jaroslav Černý’s transcripts of
hieratic administrative ostraca and papyri available on the Institute’s
Gesa Schenke is an archaeologist by training who now works as a Coptic
papyrologist, having studied Classics, Archaeology and Egyptology in the USA
and Germany. Her research focuses on Late Antique and early Islamic Egypt,
especially Coptic literary and documentary texts.
Helen Whitehouse, formerly curator of the Egyptian
and Nubian collections in the Ashmolean Museum, has a particular interest in
Graeco-Roman Egypt and the post-classical reception of Egyptian antiquities;
her current research is focused on painting and drawing in antiquity and the
recording of antiquities from the Renaissance onwards.