Dr Kenneth Griffin

Dr. Kenneth Griffin is a Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of History and Classics since September 2015. Prior to this, he was the Co-ordinating Tutor of Egyptology with the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) and an Honorary Research Associate with the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities (RIAH), both at Swansea University.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Ancient History and Egyptology at Swansea University (2003), later completing his Master’s in Ancient Egyptian Culture, also at Swansea (2005). His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), entitled “An Analysis and Interpretation of the Role of the Rekhyt-People within the Egyptian Temple”, was completed in 2014 at Swansea University.

Dr. Griffin has been a key member of the South Asasif Conservation Project (SACP), directed by Dr. Elena Pischikova, since 2010. Additionally, he has also participated in the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project (ATP) at Abydos (2010), directed by Dr. Steve Harvey, and the AcrossBorders Sai Island Archaeological Mission, Sudan (2015), directed by Prof. Julia Budka.

Publications

  1. (Eds.). Current Research in Egyptology 2007: Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Symposium, Swansea 2007. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Teaching

  • CL-M32 Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology

    This module introduces the student to the reading and translating of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts and formula commonly found on material remains. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with artefacts in the Egypt Centre.

  • CL-M36 Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for the MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

  • CL-M66 Reading Advanced Egyptian Texts

    The module builds upon the student's ability in the Egyptian language and is dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism, and interpretation of one or more Egyptian texts in the original. Depending in the needs and interests of the students, the texts selected will be drawn from Old, Middle, or Late Egyptian; Demotic; or Coptic.

  • CLD300 Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words. The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availablilty of supervisors and library material.This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research. There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.

  • CLE120 Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1

    From the late fourth millennium BCE Egypt was one of the greatest political and military powers in the Near East, forming the one of the earliest examples of a nation state in that region. Not only did it create an enormously successful and long-lived governmental system that lasted in some form down to the establishment of Christianity in the country, but it played a key role in the destinies of neighbouring communities, in particular those of the Upper Nile Valley to the south and Syria-Palestine to the north-east. In addition, Egypt became a complex urban civilisation whose literature, art, and religion continue to be admired today. The relative abundance of surviving data permits a vivid insight into the conceptual and material world of the ancient inhabitants of the Nile Valley. This module thus focus on the political, social, and military history of Egypt from the Predynastic Period until the end of Dynasty 18 (circa 4400-1290 BCE) and introduces students to key aspects of Egyptian civilisation.

  • CLE121 Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2

    This module provides an overview of Egyptian history and civilisation from the beginning of Dynasty 19 until the Graeco-Roman Period (circa 1290 BCE-395 CE). It provides an essential foundation of knowledge for students pursuing an Egyptology degree scheme as well as an introduction to an ancient civilisation for nonspecialists.

  • CLE122 Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)

    This module introduces the student to the reading and translating of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts and formula commonly found on material remains. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with artefacts in the Egypt Centre.

  • CLE214 Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology

    The module forms an introduction to material culture studies based on examples from Egyptology, particularly objects from the University's Egypt Centre. It will explore the diversity of methodologies and debates concerning Egyptian archaeology. In doing so, it will introduce students to aspects of anthropological and archaeological theory, as well as the relationship between theory, field work, and the resulting interpretations.

  • CLE215 Egyptian Funerary Artefacts

    This module introduces students to the key elements and concepts of ancient Egyptian funerary beliefs as seen in the material culture. The course is structured thematically, covering all periods of Ancient Egyptian history and areas connected with funerary beliefs. The coursework will be based on artefacts in the Egypt Centre Swansea enriched by the many comparative examples of material culture talked about in lectures and seminars. Most of the objects in Egyptological collections are from funerary contexts and understanding them is crucial to our understanding of Ancient Egyptian history and civilization.

  • CLE231 Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (2nd year)

    This module introduces the student to the reading and translating of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts and formula commonly found on material remains. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with artefacts in the Egypt Centre.

  • CLE328 Six Feet Under: Funerary Culture of Ancient Egypt

    This module introduces students to the key elements and concepts of ancient Egyptian funerary beliefs as seen in the material culture. The course is structured thematically, covering all periods of Ancient Egyptian history and areas connected with funerary beliefs. The coursework will be based on artefacts in the Egypt Centre Swansea enriched by the many comparative examples of material culture talked about in lectures and seminars. Most of the objects in Egyptological collections are from funerary contexts and understanding them is crucial to our understanding of Ancient Egyptian history and civilization.

  • CLE333 Egyptian Language: Reading Advanced Texts

    This module builds upon the student's ability in the Egyptian language and is dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism, interpretation of one or more Egyptian texts in the original. Depending on the needs and interests of the students, the texts selected will be drawn from Old, Middle or Late Egyptian; Demonic; or Coptic.

  • DAL1006 Egyptian History (i)

    From the late fourth millenium BC Egypt wsa one of the greatest political and military powers in the Near East, forming the earliest example of a great nation state in that area. Not only did it create an enormously successful and long-lived governmental system which lasted in some form down to the establishment of Chrstianity in the country, but it played a key role in the destinies of neighbouring communities, in particular those of the Upper Nile Valley to the south and Syria-Palestine to the north east. This module is concerned with the first two thousand years of the political and military history of this phenomenon

  • DAL1007 Greek History 650-404 BC (ii)

    This module concentrates on one of the formative periods of Greek History: the emergence of the Greek city-state. The political, intellectual, and artistic legacy of the Greeks is still very much alive today. In particular, the principles of democratic political activity and of rational thinking were worked out both in theory and in practice by the citizens of Greek city states. This course seeks to explain these achievements and to place them in their historical context. It will focus principally on the two most important states of Classical Greece, Sparta and Athens.

  • DAL1008 Ancient History: Egyptian History and Greek History (iii)

    This module is linked to the taught modules in Egyptian History and Greek History and must be taken with them. One topic from each must form the basis of an essay.