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Telephone: (416) 976-7451
Fax: (416) 978-3305
E-mail: ma.poulswegner@utoronto.ca

Education:

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1991-present
Ph.D. Candidate in Egyptology, Focus in Egyptian Archaeology
Minor field: Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Dissertation: "The Cult of Osiris at Abydos: an archaeological investigation of the development of an ancient Egyptian sacred center."
Dissertation advisors: Dr. David O'Connor (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
Dr. David Silverman (University of Pennsylvania)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 1992
Department of Anthropology, Grasshopper Field School
Archaeological Field Techniques
University of California, Berkeley, California 1989-91
Coursework in Egyptian Archaeology, with additional concentration in Mesopotamian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts 1981-85
B.A. in English Literature, cum laude

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

American Research Center in Egypt
Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities
Archaeological Institute of America

Research Specialization:

Religious practice and the dynamics of the interaction between individuals and institutional religious structures in ancient society; pilgrimage and ritual performance
Ancient landscapes: the relationship between built elements and natural features of the environment, particularly in the development of ceremonial centers
State formation and social complexity in Egypt
Archaeology of settlements and the development of urbanism in the ancient Egyptian context
Cultural interconnections between Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean
Early Christian iconography and the growth of Coptic traditions in Egypt
Archaeology and computer technology: the use of GIS and other three-dimensional mapping tools to analyze, recreate and understand ancient landscapes

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 2000-present
Responsible for regularly-offered courses on the History of Ancient Egypt and the Art and Archaeology of Egypt, as well as Directed Reading and Research tutorials in Egyptian Archaeology and Ph.D. thesis supervision. Graduate seminars include the Archaeology and Material Culture of Ancient Egypt (which utilizes the Egyptian collection of the Royal Ontario Museum to provide students with hands-on experience with artifactual material and analytical techniques) and Problems in the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. In 2003-04 the latter seminar focused on the Archaeology of the Third Intermediate Period through the Roman Period.

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Teaching Assistant, Archaeological Field Procedures, North Cemetery Project 1997
University of Pennsylvania-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition to Abydos

American Research Center in Egypt Memphis Field School, Memphis, Egypt
Archaeological Field Supervisor and Survey Director 1995
Taught archaeological field procedures and excavation techniques, surveying, mapping, object analysis and archaeological illustration to a group of inspectors from the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt as a member of a collaborative Egyptian-American project.

University of Pennsylvania
Teaching Assistant, Middle Egyptian Texts (seminar) 1994

Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Instructor and Program Developer, Computer-Assisted Mapping Programs 1993-present

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

North Abydos Cultic Zone Project, University of Pennsylvania-Yale University-Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition to Abydos
Project Director 2000-present
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Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Research Associate 1995-present

Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Research Assistant to Dr. Stuart Fleming 1995-2000
Created graphic displays and interactive computer programs in association with Museum exhibits. Developed illustrations for web-based and traditional publication of archaeological research. Projects include research on glass technology and assisting curator with technical aspects of exhibit planning, organization and installation for "Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change." Developed computer-assisted mapping programs, training, and supporting documentation for public release.

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Research Assistant to Dr. David O'Connor 1997-98
Collected and analyzed archaeological field records, architectural plans, and artifactual data recovered during excavations which the Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition carried out in North Abydos in preparation for final publication.

Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Research Assistant to Dr. David O'Connor 1992-94
Worked closely with curators and section staff to develop and maintain database of artifactual material in the Museum's Egyptian collection. Responded to requests for information and assisted visiting scholars with research involving the collection. Created graphic materials for publication and teaching purposes.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE:

Project Director, North Abydos Cultic Zone Project.
Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition to Abydos, ongoing

Survey Director, Abydos Survey Project
Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition to Abydos 1999
Co-Directors: David O'Connor, William Kelly Simpson

Field Director. North Abydos '97 Project
Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition to Abydos 1997
Co-Directors: David O'Connor, William Kelly Simpson

Field Director. North Abydos '96 Project
Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition to Abydos 1996
Co-Directors: David O'Connor, William Kelly Simpson

Archaeological Field Supervisor and Survey Director. Memphis Field School
American Research Center in Egypt 1995
Director: Diana Craig Patch

Archaeological Site Supervisor and Survey Director. Senwosret III Complex Project
Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Abydos 1994
Co-Directors: David O'Connor, William Kelly Simpson; Field Director: Josef Wegner

Archaeological Site Supervisor and Surveyor. Ahmose-Tetisheri Project
Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Abydos 1993
Co-Directors: David O'Connor, William Kelly Simpson; Field Director: Stephen Harvey

Epigrapher and Surveyor. Saqqara Epigraphic Project
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, University of Pennsylvania Museum Expedition to Saqqara 1992
Directors: David Silverman, Edward Brovarski, Rita Freed

Archaeologist. Grasshopper Field School
University of Arizona, Tucson 1992
Director: J. Jefferson Reid

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS:

  • Archaeological Survey and Gazetteer of the Greater Abydos Area (ed. D. O'Connor and M. A Pouls Wegner). University of Pennsylvania Museum Press, forthcoming.
  • The Monumental Building Program of Thutmose III at Abydos: Pilgrims, Patrons, and the Organization of Sacred Space. Manuscript currently in preparation, commitment to publish as part of the University of Pennsylvania-Yale University monograph series.
  • New Kingdom Ceramics associated with the Cult Chapel of Thutmose III at Abydos,” accepted for publication in Cahiers de la céramique Égyptienne 9 (Cairo, Institut Français de l'Archéologie Orientale, 2006).
  • "The Abydos Chapel of Thutmose III: Pilgrims, Patrons and the Development of Sacred Space in the Hometown of Osiris." Invited Lecture, Calgary chapter of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, University of Calgary, May 7, 2004.
  • “Religion and Life in Ancient Egypt: Archaeological traces and modern survivals,” Eternal Egypt Celebration, Egypt in Canada 2004. Mississauga, April 25, 2004.
  • "The Chapel of Thutmose III: Pilgrim, Patrons, and the Development of Sacred Space in the Hometown of Osiris." Invited Lecture, Toronto Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, University of Toronto, February 26, 2003.
  • Review of Dieter Arnold, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Translated by Sabine Gardiner and Helen Strudwick, edited by Nigel and Helen Strudwick.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.06.33 (2003).
  • "Power and Patronage: Thutmose III and the Osiris Mysteries." Presentation at the Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, November 9, 2002.
  • "SiteMap: Innovations in Computer-Based Mapping for Archaeologists," co-authored with P. Zimmerman and W. Fitts. Computer Applications in Archaeology, 2002.
  • "The Chapel of Thutmose III: New Kingdom Pilgrims and Patrons at Abydos," Archaeology July/August 2001: 58-59.
  • "Archaeological Investigation of the Periphery of the Osiris Temple at Abydos: Recent Fieldwork and Future Directions," and "Preliminary Results of the Abydos Survey Project." Papers presented at Abydos Workshop, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, August 1999.
  • "Art and Concepts of Representation in Ancient Egypt." Invited Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, July 1998.
  • "New Fieldwork at the Periphery of the Osiris Temple in Abydos: The Temple of Thutmose III." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Los Angeles, May 1998.
  • "A Temple of Thutmose III, Newly Discovered on the Periphery of the Temple of Osiris at
    Abydos," KMT Vol. 8, No. 4 (Winter 1997-98): 48-59.
  • Catalogue entries (object numbers 56, 57, 75 and 78), in D. Silverman (ed.), Searching for Ancient
    Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts.
    Dallas Museum of Art and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1997.
  • "A New Temple of Tuthmosis III in North Abydos: Recent Fieldwork by the Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts Expedition in Egypt." Invited lecture, Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, January 1997.
  • "The Middle Kingdom Cenotaphs in Context: Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in the Transitional Zone at Abydos." Invited lecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, September 1996.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Connaught Grant, University of Toronto 2000-present
Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania 1998-99, 1995-96, 1994-95
School of Arts and Sciences
William Penn Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania 1991-1995
Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 1998
Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley 1990-91

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Modern Foreign Languages:
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic
French, German, Spanish

Computer Proficiency:
Computer-assisted mapping (AutoCad, VectorWorks/MiniCad, GIS applications and digital terrain modeling)
Graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Aldus Freehand, StrataVision, Canvas)
Layout and Desktop publishing (PageMaker, QuarkXPress)
Database creation and utilization for statistical analysis (Microsoft Excel, FileMaker, Lotus)
Interactive CD-ROM and Website production (Macromedia Director)