Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan

Faience wedjat eyeThe Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum houses an important collection of objects which illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley, from the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC) until the twelfth century AD.

The main activities of the department comprise the care, study, publication and display of the collection, but other projects include organising special temporary exhibitions both in the Museum and abroad, lending objects to international exhibitions, and assisting non-national and other institutions in Great Britain with loans. Departmental staff also undertake fieldwork in Egypt and Sudan.Fragment of painting from the tomb of Kynebu

The curatorial work of the department is supported by a team of administrative staff and museum assistants, who supervise the storage, movement and display of the collection. An illustrator, specialising in drawing Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts, prepares graphical material for publication and display.

A comprehensive library of material relating to the cultures of ancient and medieval Egypt and Sudan is housed in the department, along with archival material relating to the collections and the cultures in general.

Egypt & Sudan Newsletter

Download the first issue of a Newsletter presenting the Museum’s work in, and on the subject of, Egypt and Sudan. It includes updates on excavations, research projects, new exhibitions, galleries and training programmes.

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