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. Pischikova, E., Budka, J., Griffin, K., Griffin, K. Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond (Ed.), London Golden House Publications
  2. Griffin, K. A doorjamb of a chief steward of the Divine Adoratrice in Swansea (Ed.), Pérégrinations avec Erhart Graefe. Festschrift zu seinem 75. Geburtstag 203 208 Münster Zaphon
  3. Griffin, K., Griffin, K. A preliminary report on the Hours of the Night in the Tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223) (Ed.), Thebes in the First Millennium BC: Art and Archaeology of the Kushite Period and Beyond 59 70 London Golden House Publications
  4. Griffin, K., Griffin, K. The ushabtis of the Divine Adoratrice Qedmerut (Ed.), 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 145 155 Brussels Safran
  5. Griffin, K., Griffin, K. Toward a Better Understanding of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual) (Ed.), Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis: New Discoveries and Research 2012-2014 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-M77 Reaching the Public: Museums and Object Handling

    In this module the students will gain an introduction to aspects of museology as well as an opportunity to research, interpret and handle ancient artefacts and present their findings to the public

  • CLE327 Egyptian Collection Practicum

    Competition for paid museum work is substantial and unfortunately without prior experience students are unlikely to gain paid work in a museum. This 4-week session provides practical experience for students on site. Additionally, through working in an actual museum environment students will understand the philosophies behind museum work as well as some of types of work which are available. This module is useful for students pursuing careers in archaeology, museums, heritage studies, data analysis, and those wishing to pursue post-graduate work in Egyptology.

  • 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 (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska