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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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