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David O'Connor

Deputy Director; Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art; Co-Director, Yale University-University of Pennsylvania-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Excavations at Abydos

PhD 1969, University of Cambridge, UK

Research interests

Ancient Egyptian art history and archaeology; Ancient Nubia art history and archaeology.

Sample Courses

Special Problems in Near Eastern Archaeology: the Rise of Civilization in Mesopotamia & Egypt
Egyptian Sculpture: its Historical Development and Art-Historical Interpretation
Ancient Egyptian Palaces: their Art, Architecture and Ideology
Egyptian Art Form and Function: the Expression of Sexuality
Manifestations of the Foreign in Egyptian Art and Archaeology


Selected Publications

O’Connor, David and S. Quirke, eds. Mysterious Lands. Encounters with Ancient Egypt. London: UCL Press, 2003.

O’Connor, David and A. Reid, eds. Ancient Egypt in Africa. Encounters with Ancient Egypt.London: UCL Press, 2003.

“Society and Individual in Early Egypt.” In Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States, edited by J. Richards and M. vanBuren.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

O’Connor and D. Silverman, eds. Ancient Egyptian Kingship. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1995.

Ancient Nubia: Egypt’s Rival in Africa. Philadelphia: University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.


Selected honors

Corresponding Member, German Archaeological Institute, Cairo, 1995 to present
President, American Research Center in Egypt, 1987-1990
Taiwan, Medal of Merit, 1985
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1982-1983