Ilona Regulski

Assistant Keeper (Curator)

Department: Egypt and Sudan


+44(0)207 3238311

Ilona Regulski is the curator responsible for the papyrus collection and other inscribed material in the collection, including the Rosetta Stone. 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 material culture and ritual narrative.

Ilona Regulski’s academic research has focused on the written culture of Ancient Egypt with a particular interest in material features of scripts and handwritings within their social context. Previous work concentrated on epigraphy and palaeography first-hand, an approach that materialized in a palaeographic study of early writing in Egypt. In an attempt to contextualise writing, she initiated a new research project investigating the deep history of the Asyut region (middle Egypt); once one of the most influential local hubs for the creation and dissemination of written culture in Egypt. 

Current projects

Urban Development and Regional Identities in Middle Egypt. A Deep History of the Asyut region.  

Transmitting ritual narrative. The Gardiner papyri (BM EA 10676)

Tomb M12.3 in the Asyut necropolis

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, 2016. The Origins and Early Development of Writing in Egypt. Oxford Handbooks Online:

Regulski, I. (ed.). 2016. “Fill my hand with a papyrus sheet so that I can tell you a lot!” A papyrus bundle for Bridget Leach, British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 23, London. 159pp.

Regulski, I. 2015. Papyrus Fragments from Asyut: A Paleographic Comparison, in Verhoeven, Ursula (ed.), Ägyptologische „Binsen“-Weisheiten I-II. Neue Forschungen und Methoden der Hieratistik. Akten zweier Tagungen in Mainz im April 2011 und im März 2013, Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur 14. Mainz, Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, 2015: 299-333.

Regulski, I. 2015. Tomb M12.3, in J. Kahl, M. El-Khadragy, H.F. Ahmed, U. Verhoeven, M. Abdelrahiem, I. Regulski, M. Becker, E. Czyżewska-Zalewska, A. Kilian, M. Stecher, T. Rzeuska, The Asyut Project: Eleventh Season of Fieldwork (2014), Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 44: 117-121.

Regulski, I. 2015. Swimming to the afterlife, in Polz, D. and Seidlmayer, S.J. (eds.), Gedenkschrift für Werner Kaiser, MDAIK 70/71: 373-382.

Other Key Publications

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

Regulski, I., Duistermaat, K., Verkinderen, P. 2012. 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. 218pp

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

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

Regulski, I. 2011. 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: 293-311.

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

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

Regulski, I. 2008. 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: 581-612.

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