Ilona Regulski

Assistant Keeper (Curator)

Department: Ancient Egypt and Sudan


+44(0)207 3238311

Ilona Regulski is the curator responsible for the papyrus collection and other inscribed material in the collection. Her areas of expertise include epigraphy and palaeography from the Early Dynastic period until the beginning of the New Kingdom with a (recent) focus on Middle Kingdom funerary and religious texts.

Ilona Regulski’s academic research has focused on the written culture of Ancient Egypt with concentration on inscribed material culture first-hand, an approach that materialized in a palaeographic study of early writing in Egypt and has currently expanded to scribal culture of later periods (mainly second millennium BC). She is interested in developing methods to enhance understanding of material features of scripts and handwritings within their social context, for example by means of handwriting analysis, and palaeography.

Current projects

Pap. Berlin P. 10480-82. A Middle Kingdom mortuary ritual reflected in writing

The Rock Inscriptions of el-Hosh

The Early Dynastic history of the tomb of Osiris at Abydos

The emergence of social stratigraphy. Contextualising site formation processes; a case study from Saqqara

Database of Early Dynastic inscriptions

External fellowships/ honorary positions

Alexander von Humboldt fellowship (post-doc), FU Berlin (2011-13)

European Commission MEDA Programme 2007 Grants for Local Cultural Activities Egypt (2008)

Scholarship A. Théodoridès from the Foundation Reine Élisabeth, Brussels (2006)

Award ‘Fondation Belge de la Vocation’ Belgium (2002)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant, University Münster (2000)

Recent Publications

Regulski I., Papyrus fragments from Asyut: a paleographic comparison, in Verhoeven U., Ägyptologische „Binsen“-Weisheiten I-II: Neue Forschungen und Methoden der Hieratistik. Akten zweier Tagungen in Mainz im April 2011 und im März 2013. Mainz, in press.

Regulski I., Reinvestigating the 2nd dynasty at Saqqara, in Barta M., Coppens F., Krejci J. (eds.), Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010/2. Prague, 2012: 694-708.

Regulski I., Duistermaat K., Verkinderen P., Seals and Sealing Practices in the Near East. Developments in Administration and Magic from Prehistory to the Islamic Period. Proceedings of an International Workshop at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo on December 2-3, 2009 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 219). Leuven, 2012. 218 pp

Regulski I., Egypt’s Early Dynastic Cylinder seals reconsidered, BIOR 68 (2011), 5-32.

Regulski I., Investigating a new Second Dynasty necropolis at South Saqqara, in Friedman R. and Fiske P.N. (eds.), Egypt at its Origins 3. Proceedings of the Third International Conference “Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt”, London (UK), 27thJuly – 1st August 2008 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 205), Leuven, 2011: 293-311.

Key Publications

Regulski I., A Palaeographic Study of Early Writing in Egypt (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 195). Leuven, 2010. 827 pp.

Regulski I. & Kahl J. Gesiegelte Objektverschlüsse aus dem Grab des Ninetjer in Sakkara, MDAIK 66 (2010): 225-233.

Regulski I., The Beginning of Hieratic Writing in Egypt, SAK 38 (2009), 259-274.

Regulski I., Scribes in Early Dynastic Egypt, in Engel E.M., Müller V., Hartung U. (eds.), Zeichen aus dem Sand. Streiflichter aus Ägyptens Geschichte zu Ehren von Günter Dreyer (MENES 5). Wiesbaden, 2008: 581-612.

Regulski I., The rock inscriptions at el-Hôsh, British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 9 (2008), 51–67 (