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.). Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond. London: Golden House Publications.
  2. A doorjamb of a chief steward of the Divine Adoratrice in Swansea. In Pérégrinations avec Erhart Graefe. Festschrift zu seinem 75. Geburtstag. (pp. 203-208). Münster: Zaphon.
  3. A preliminary report on the Hours of the Night in the Tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223). In Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond. (pp. 59-70). London: Golden House Publications.
  4. The ushabtis of the Divine Adoratrice Qedmerut. In De la mère du roi à l’épouse du dieu. Première synthèse des résultats des fouilles du temple de Touy et de la tombe de Karomama. Actes du colloque international ‘De la mère du roi à l’épouse du dieu’, Université Catholique de Louvain, 14 mai 2016. (pp. 145-155). Brussels: Safran.
  5. Toward a Better Understanding of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual). In Elena Pischikova (Ed.), Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis: New Discoveries and Research 2012-2014. (pp. 97-134). Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.

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Teaching

  • 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.

  • CL-M90 Problems of Amarna: Religion, culture, people

    At the height of Egypt's power in the New Kingdom, King Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten initiated a religious revolution that affects all aspects of Egyptian high culture. Declaring the sun-disc, Aten, to be the sole god, this king moved the capital city to a new site at Amarna. Along with this move came a shift in seemingly everything from temple worship to art, international relations to funerary religion. The Amarna Period occupies a central place in Egyptology since the discovery of its protagonist Akhenaten and his Middle Egyptian capital Akhetaten in the 19th century. As an alleged precursor of modern Western civilisation, from monotheistic belief to innovative artistic conventions, this period still receives more academic and popular attention than any other phenomenon of ancient Egypt. Despite this wide reception, the material culture as well as other sources available still cannot answer all the problems posed by this period. Many historical, religious and art historical facts are discussed often contradictory or controversial, has been the subject of much debate and has generated numerous theories, which are deeply influenced by the history of its modern reception. This course will set the Amarna period in its wider context of the 18th dynasty. By demonstrating the biases of modern judgement, students will be able to formulate their own hypotheses regarding the problems encountered.

  • 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 availability 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.

  • 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.

  • CLE220 Egyptian Art and Architecture

    The art and architecture of ancient Egypt is rich and complex, reflecting the culture and beliefs of those who created it. This module focuses on the general characteristics of Egyptian visual arts, and traces the changes in both form and function from the Predynastic to the Roman Period.

  • CLE332 The Amarna Period

    At the height of Egypt's power in the New Kingdom, King Amenhotep IV initiated a religious revolution that affects all aspects of Egyptian high culture. Declaring the sun-disc, Aten, to be the sole god, this king changed his name to Akhenaten and noved the capital city to a new site at Amarna. Along with this move came massive shifts in everything from temple worship to art, international relations to funerary religion. This course will set the Amarna period in it's context, examining remains from the reign before Akhenaten to the restoration of traditional Egyptian religion under his immediate successors, including King Tutankhamun. The Amarna Period occupies a central place in Egyptology since the discovery of its protagonist Akhenaten and his Middle Egyptian capital Ahketaten in the 19th centrury. As an alleged precursor of modern Western civilisation, from monotheistic belief to innovative artistic conventions, this period still receives more accademic and popular attention than any other phenomenon of ancient Egypt. The module attempts to demonstrate the biases of modern judgements about the Amarna Age and to develop a comprehensive and more balanced view of this particular period of Egyptian history, art and religion.

  • 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.

Supervision

  • A Study of Royal Female Power and Political Influence in Ancient Egypt: Contextualizing Queenship in the Twelfth Dynasty (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska