Jacke Philips is a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and an Affiliated Scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. Her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto is in Egyptian Archaeology, but broadened her research interests to many of the surrounding civilisations that interacted with Egypt. She has been conducting fieldwork in Greece since 1981, in Sudan since 1985, and in Ethiopia since 1993. Her interests focus on comparative typologies and cross-acculturations within Northeast Africa, the East Mediterranean and beyond the Red Sea, and has published extensively on these and other topics.
Listen in, as Dr. Philips introduces us to her work on women in ancient Nubia, including the lives of rulers, royals as well as everyday women, through an examination of their graves, tattoos, statues, and the historical sources that make reference to women.
Interested in learning more? Check out these related works by Dr. Philips:
Phillips, J.S. (2016). Women in Ancient Nubia. In S.T. Budin and J.M. Turfa (eds.), Women in Antiquity, pp. 280-98. Routledge.
Lohwasser, A. and J.S. Phillips (2021). Women in Ancient Kush, in G. Emberling and B.B. Williams (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia, pp. 1014-1042. Oxford University Press.
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Additional Materials Related to this Podcast
Eide, T., T. Hägg, R.H. Holton–Pierce and L. Török, eds. (1994-2000). Fontes Historiae Nubiorum: Textual Sources for the History of the Middle Nile Region between the Eighth Century BC and the Sixth Century AD. (4 vols.). Department of Classics, University of Bergen.
Espinel, A.D. (2013). A newly identified Old Kingdom execration text. In Decorum and experience. Essays in ancient culture for John Baines. Eds. E. Frood and A. McDonald, pp. 26–33.
Haynes, J. and M. Santini-Ritt (2012). Women in Ancient Nubia. In: Ancient Nubia. African Kingdoms on the Nile, eds. M.J. Fisher, P. Lacovara, S. Ikram and S. D’Auria. American University in Cairo Press, pp. 170–185.
Kahn D. (2005). The Royal Succession in the 25th Dynasty, Der antike Sudan (=MittSAG) 16: 143-163.
Kendall, T. (1989). Ethnoarchaeology in Meroitic Studies, in: S. Donadoni (ed.), Studia Meroitica 1984. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Rome 1984 (Meroitica 10): 625–745.
Lohwasser, A. (2001). Queenship in Kush: Status, Role and Ideology of Royal Women. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 38: 61-76.
Morkot, R. (1999). Kingship and Kinship in the Empire of Kush. Meroitica 15: 179-229.
Reavis, K. (2014). Skeletal analysis: Investigating senescence in ancient Nubia, Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research 4: 40–47.
Smith, S.T. (2003). Wretched Kush. Ethnic identities and boundaries in Egypt’s Nubian Empire. Routledge.
Tassie, G.J. (2003). Identifying the Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt and Nubia. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 14: 8–101.
Van Pelt, P. (2013). Revising Egypto–Nubian Relations in New Kingdom Lower Egypt: From Egyptianization to Cultural Entanglement. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 23: 523–550.