Jeffrey Spencer

Former Deputy Keeper
Ancient Egypt; archaeology

Department: Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 


+44 (0)20 7323 8311

Jeffrey Spencer, who joined the British Museum in 1975, has managerial and curatorial responsibilities for the advancement of all aspects of activity in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. The role combines administrative matters necessary for the operation of the Department, curation of the collection and academic research, including fieldwork in Egypt. The latter work has in recent years been focused on the archaeology of the Nile Delta and has helped to place in context objects from this region in the collections. Prime areas of interest include the material culture of the Archaic Period, the Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period.

Current projects

  • Excavation in the Nile Delta of Egypt at Tell el-Balamun (since 1991)

  • Study of Egyptian Late Period pottery

Previous projects

  • Excavation at El-Ashmunein, Middle Egypt (1980-1990)

  • Cataloguing the Egyptian Early Dynastic Collection (1980)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Egypt Exploration Society

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Egypt Exploration Society

  • Member of the German Archaeological Institute

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

  • Member of the International Association of Egyptologists