A photo of Singleton Campus including Singleton park and a view of the sea
Dr Christian Knoblauch

Dr Christian Knoblauch

Lecturer, Classics
Office - 134
First Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a specialist in the archaeology of ancient Egypt and Nubia. I am particularly interested in using material culture to explore broader cultural aspects, for example, colonial relations, shifting perceptions of the dead, or the relationship of material cultural boundaries to social groups within the Egyptian Nile Valley. My research draws on fieldwork projects in Egypt and the Sudan. I am an assistant director of the University of Michigan Abydos Middle Cemetery Project and I co-direct with Laurel Bestock (Brown University) the Uronarti Regional Archaeological Project. The focus of the latter work is the wonderful Middle Kingdom fortress on the island of Uronarti. I look forward to involving Swansea University students in both projects in the future.

I did my undergraduate and postgraduate at Macquarie University in Sydney and got my PhD in 2008 for a thesis completed as a guest at the Freie University in Berlin. Prior to my appointment at Swansea, I taught at Sydney University, Macquarie University, Monash University and the University of Vienna. Most recently, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. I am currently completing a monograph based on that research titled Material Culture and Society: Abydos Assemblages from the Late Middle Kingdom until the Early New Kingdom. I also drink coffee.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Sudan Archaeology
  • Ancient Nubia
  • Material Culture
  • Ancient pottery
  • Ancient colonialism

Career Highlights


Dr Janet Richards – University of Michigan, Abydos Middle Cemetery Project
Dr Laurel Bestock - Uronarti Regional Archaeological Project
Dr Peter Lacovara – Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund (publication of George Reisner’s excavations at Deir el-Ballas)