Dr Troy Sagrillo

About Me

Dr. Troy Leiland Sagrillo is a Senior Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of History and Classics.

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Illustration and Graphic Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, and regularly uses his design skills as an epigrapher and archæological illustrator on archæological missions in Egypt. He completed a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Syro-Palestinian Archæology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson. His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Egyptology was begun in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, and was completed in the Faculteit Letteren [Egyptologie] of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to his appointment at Swansea University, Dr. Sagrillo was a Visiting Lecturer in Egyptology in Departments of History and Archæology of Peking University [Běijīng dàxué], Běijīng, China; and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Dr. Sagrillo is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists, München, Germany; the Egyptian Exploration Society, London, UK; the American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt; and the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Toronto, Canada.


  1. Shoshenq I and biblical Šîšaq: A philological defense of their traditional equation. In Peter J. James; Peter Gert van der Veen (Ed.), Solomon and Shishak: Current perspectives from archaeology, epigraphy, history and chronology. (pp. 61-81). Oxford: Archaeopress.
  2. Šîšaq’s army: 2 Chronicles 12:2–3 from an Egyptological perspective. In Gershon Galil, Ayelet Gilboa, Aren M. Maeir, Danʾel Kahn (Ed.), The ancient Near East in the 12th–10th Centuries BCE: Culture and history. (pp. 425-450). Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.
  3. The heart scarab of King Shoshenq III (Brooklyn Museum 61.10). Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97, 240-246.
  4. The geographic origins of the ‘Bubastite’ Dynasty and possible locations for the royal residence and burial place of Shoshenq I. In Gerardus Petrus Franciscus Broekman, Robert Johannes Demarée, Olaf Ernst Kaper (Ed.), The Libyan period in Egypt: Historical and cultural studies into the 21st–24th Dynasties. (pp. 341-359). Leiden and Leuven: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten and Uitgeverij Peeters.
  5. & Dayr al-Barshā. Volume 1: The rock tombs of Djehutinakht (No. 17K74/1), Khnumnakht (No. 17K74/2), and Iha (No. 17K74/3); with an essay on the history and nature of nomarchal rule in the early Middle Kingdom. Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters.

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  • CL-M30 Understanding Ancient Egyptian Culture

    This module will introduce students to selected key theories, methodologies and approaches currently used to further the study of ancient Egyptian culture. Case- studies will be presented based on the expertise of the staff and may vary.

  • CL-M36 Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for the MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

  • 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.

  • CLE222 Egyptian Language 4

    This module concludes the formal study of Middle Egyptian grammar and introduces students to a selection of major literary texts from the Middle Kingdom.

  • CLE228 Culture and Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt

    A traditional view considers Egypt to have been self-contained, isolated from her neighbors in Africa and the Near East, and rather static. Egypt appeared to be a civilization devoid of dynamics and innovation, while the particular case of innovation from abroad was believed to be mostly late, marginal, or not decisive for its cultural profile. This image of an Egypt that prospered only because of its isolationism and was characterized by a high degree of stability has influenced much of the scholarly discourse on Egyptian civilization. This module intends to revise this picture and to present examples of cultural impact and innovation, from the domains of weaponry and industry, ideology and religion, literature and language, as well as presenting an overview of Egypt’s relations with her neighbors. It also reflects about modern conceptions of culture and their application to ancient Egypt.


  • Untitled (current)

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    Other supervisor: Professor Martina Minas-Nerpel
  • Demons in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska
  • 'Tomb Security in Ancient Egypt from the Predynastic to the Pyramid Age.' (awarded 2014)

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    Other supervisor: Professor Martina Minas-Nerpel
  • 'Typology and Artisanship in twenty-Fifth Dynasty Theban Shabtis: The Chief Lector priest Pedamenope' (awarded 2013)

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    Other supervisor: Professor Martina Minas-Nerpel
  • 'Maintaining the Status Quo: An Examination of Social Relations at Medinet Habu during the Reign of Ramesses XI as Expressed in the Late Ramesside Letters.' (awarded 2012)

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    Other supervisor: Professor Martina Minas-Nerpel