Derek A. Welsby

Assistant Keeper
Archaeology of Sudan and Egyptian Nubia

Department: Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 


+44 (0)20 7323 8311

Derek Welsby is responsible for the Sudanese and Egyptian Nubian collections in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. He is actively involved in fieldwork having directed surveys and excavations on many sites in Sudan since 1982. He has published books, excavations reports and a wide range of articles on many aspects of the archaeology of the region.

As Honorary Secretary of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society and President of the International Society of Nubian Studies he has an important role in raising public awareness of the impressive cultures which flourished in the regions to the south of the first Nile Cataract.

He is also webmaster of the SARS site.

Current projects

  • British Museum/SARS Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project: Amri to Kirbekan Survey

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • President, International Society for Nubian Studies

  • Honorary Secretary, Sudan Archaeological Research Society

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

  • Egypt Exploration Society

  • Libyan Society

  • Victorian Military Society

  • Sudan Studies Society of the UK (Committee member)