Ph.D. Leiden University 1999. Subject: the social context of Ancient Egyptian basketry.
M.A. study in History of Religions at the University of Amsterdam (1988).
with specialization in ancient Egyptian religion, archaeology, Egyptian language, philosophy of science.
Archaeology, craft specialization, and cultural transmission; Archaeology and mobility; Neolithic and neolithization in Egypt; Digital humanities research and education.
UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology: Open Version
Karnak Temple Virtual Reality Model
Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online
COURSES in AY 2012-2013:
ANNEA 265 Archaeological Field Work
Yearly participation of graduate and sometimes advanced undergraduate students in field work in the Fayum (Egypt). Students who are interested should contact me directly. Typically the team for the Fall excavation season is finalized in January of that year, due to lengthy permit procedures.
ANNEA/History M103B Ancient Egyptian Civilization
ANNEA 165/266 Researching Ancient Egypt (Wep Wa-ut in Westwood conference, see below)
ANNEA 150 Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan
ANNEA 201 / ARCH 201 Archaeological Research Design
Learning through exploring and research requires students to learn content, methods, tools, and critical thinking. My undergraduate seminar (Ancient Near East 165) teaches students to do research on a changing topic in Egyptian history or archaeology. Students then prepare a presentation which they give in public, thus training presentation techniques and the use of presentation tools such as PowerPoint and Prezi. The class can be repeated for credit, due to the variation of topics. In the past this seminar has addressed: the Archaeology of Greco-Roman Egypt; Tell el-Amarna; Ancient Technology; the Karnak Temple Complex.
Lecture classes include ANNEA 103 Ancient Egyptian Civilization, ANNEA 105 the Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan. The latter class is also valid for the Digital Humanities Minor.
UCLA Graduate Seminars:
ANNEA 201/ARCH 201C: Archaeological Research Design: preparation
ANNEA 261: Practical Field Archaeology (Winter 2001: Berenike, Fall 2002-2012: Fayum)
ANNEA 263: The Archaeology of Ritual: ancient Egyptian sun cults (Spring 2005)
ANE 220: Critical assessment of histories of ancient Egypt (Spring 2004)
ANE 263: Visual Archaeology: interpretation and visualization of archaeology (Spring 2003)
ANE 220: Aspects of multi-disciplinarity at Berenike (Fall 2002)
ANE 263: Ancient Egyptian architecture and use of space (Spring 2002)
ANNEA 263: Archaeology and social theory: Meskell and McDowell. (Spring 2001)
ANE 220: Digging Deeper: tools for interpretation in Egyptian Archaeology (Fall 2000)
2012 – present Editorial Director Cotsen Instititute of Archaeology Press
2009 – present Professor Egyptian Archaeology Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. Member of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Core Faculty member of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program Archaeology at UCLA.
2008 – 2012 Co-director of the Keck Digital Cultural Mapping Program at UCLA
2005 – present Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (UEE) http://www.uee.ucla.edu
2005 – 2008 Faculty Director of the UCLA Digital Humanities Incubator Group (UDHIG)
2004 – 2009 Associate Professor Egyptian Archaeology at the Dept.of NELC at UCLA
2003 – present Co-director of the excavations in the Fayum (Egypt), with René Cappers (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Leiden University).
2000 - 2004 Assistant Professor Egyptian Archaeology Dept. of NELC at UCLA.
2000 - 2003 Post-doctoral fellowship Department of Archaeology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
1996 - 2000 Project leader of the Eastern Desert Antiquities Protection Project (EDAPP), preservation of archaeological remains in the Eastern Desert of Egypt and the cultural heritage of the Ababda nomads.
1999 Team leader of an expert research project on the feasibility of the development of eco-tourism in the Fayum (Egypt). Consultancy through North South Consultancy Exchange
1998 Director of the Baynun Mapping Project (Yemen)
1995 - 1999 Assistant professor of Egyptian archaeology at Leiden University, stationed at the Netherlands Institute for Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo (Egypt)
1994 - 2002 Co-director of the excavations at Berenike (Egyptian Red-Sea coast).
1993 - 2004 Research fellow of the Department of Egyptology, Leiden University (the Netherlands)
1992-1996 Free-lance course leader Egyptology for the Leiden Institute for Cultural Studies
1986 Educational coordinator at the Theological Institute of the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
2003 – present Co-director of the UCLA – Rijksuniversiteit Groningen - University of Auckland survey and excavation project in the Fayum, with R.T.J. Cappers and S.J. Holdaway.
2005 Study of Qasr Ibrim material, project of the Egypt Exploration Society, directed by Dr. Pamela Rose. Participation in Giza Plateau Mapping Project, directed by Dr. M. Lehner.
1994 – 2001 Co-direction of the excavations at Berenike (Egyptian Red Sea coast), with Dr. S.E. Sidebotham.
2000 Participaton in Çatal Höyük excavation project (Turkey), Cambridge University / Stanford University, directed by Dr. I. Hodder
1999 – 2000 Participation in Elephantine Project (German Archaeological Institute and Swiss Institute for Architecture and Archaeology, directed by Dr. Dietrich Raue and Dr. Cornelius Von Pilgrim).
1999 Participation in Hierakonpolis Project (directed by Dr. R. Friedman)
1998 Director of the Baynun Mapping Project (Yemen)
1990 – 1993 Expedition to Abu Sha'ar (excavations of the University of Delaware, USA, directed by Dr. S.E. Sidebotham).
1990, 1992 Expedition to Qasr Ibrim, (excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society, directed by Dr.M.C. Horton).
1987, 1989, 1992 Expedition to Tell el-'Amarna (excavations of the Egypt Exploration Society, directed by B.J. Kemp).
2006 Design of exhibit of Ababda Cultural Heritage Center in Wadi Gemal National Park (with Gabriel Mikhail).
2001 Planning of an exhibition on the Ababda nomads in the World Museum (former ‘Museum for Ethnography’) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1999 Design and planning of an exhibition on the material culture of the Ababda Bedouin in the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo
1997 Design and planning of a number of exhibitions on trade routes, desert population and Red Sea harbors in the visitors centre in the Ottoman Fort of Quseir (Red Sea, Egypt), with Hand Barnard and Michael Mallinson. Design and planning of an exhibition on the culture of the Egyptian Ababda Bedouin for site museum in Berenike.
1993 Design and planning of the presentation of the collection of the Foundation “Wilg & Mand”
2011, MAY Sakkara and Digital Mapping. “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”, Yearly conference day on different themes by UCLA graduate and undergraduate students.
2010, MAY Ancient Technology (with demonstrations). “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”, Yearly conference day on different themes by UCLA graduate and undergraduate students.
2008, APRIL Visual Archaeology: from Bar Graph to Virtual Reality. “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”, Yearly conference day on different themes by UCLA graduate and undergraduate students.
2007, APRIL The digital excavation part I: approaches to recording repository and publication. Seminar at the meetings of the Society of American Archaeologists in Austin TX in April 2007.
2007, MAY The Karnak Temple Complex :Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”, Yearly conference day on different themes by UCL graduate and undergraduate students.
2006, MARCH Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Ancient Egypt, public seminar marking the official start of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology.
2006, APRIL Ancient Egyptian Technology: Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”, Yearly conference day on different themes by UCL graduate and undergraduate students.
2005, JUNE The Archaeology of Ritual: Ancient Egyptian Sun Cults, “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”.
2005, MARCH “Ancient Apprenticeship” a seminar at the meetings of the Society of American Archaeologists in Salt Lake City in March 2005. http://www.archbase.org/SAA/index.htm
2004, JUNE With H. Barnard: “The Archaeology of Mobility; Nomads in the Old and New world.” Fourth Cotsen Institute Advanced Seminar (June 2004). www.archbase.org/nomads
2004, MAY 8 From Alexander to Cleopatra: the Archaeology of Ptolemaic Egypt. “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”.
2004, MARCH “Sex and the City in Ancient Egypt”, public seminar co-organized with the Egypt Exploration Organization SC.
2003, MAY 25 Amarna, the Ancient Egyptian City of the Sun. “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”.
2002, JUNE 8 Ancient Egyptian Architecture and Use of Space. “Wep Waut in Westwood, Ancient Egypt at UCLA”.
1998, DECEMBER Moving Matters, Seminar on ethno-archaeology in the Middle East in cooperation with Dr. G. van der Kooij, organized at the Netherlands Institute for Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo.
1996, DECEMBER Life on the Fringe, Living in the Southern Egyptian Deserts in the Roman and Early Byzanthine Periods in cooperation with O.E. Kaper, organized at the Netherlands Institute for Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo.
1994-2005 Berenike Dag. Yearly conference on the excavations organized by the Berenike Foundation at Leiden University
SELECTION OF SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
2012 Archaeology and Apprenticeship. Body Knowledge, Identity and Communities of Practice. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.
2011 “Crumbling Challenge and Presentation Puzzle: the Karanis Site Management Project” in: Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt 199, Fall 2011.
2011 UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Archaeological Data, and Web 2.0. In: Eric C. Kansa, Sarah Witcher Kansa, Ethan Watrell, Archaeology 2.0, New Approaches to Communication and Collaboration. Cotsen Institute of Archaelogy Digital Series 1. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1r6137tb
2011 R. Phillipps, S. Holdaway, W. Wendrich, R. Cappers, “Mid Holocene Occupation of Egypt and Global Climatic Change”, in: Quaternary International. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618211002138
2010 S. Holdaway, W. Wendrich and R. Phillipps, “Identifying low-level food producers: detecting mobility from lithics”, Antiquity 84, 185-194.
2010 “Chapter 1: Egyptian Archaeology from Text to Context” (pp. 1-14), “Chapter 11, Identity and Personhood” (pp. 200-219) and "Chapter 15: Epilogue: Eternal Egypt Deconstructed" (pp. 274-278) in: Willeke Wendrich (ed.), Egyptian Archaeology, Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
2009 “Visual Archaeology” in Beyond the Horizon: Studies in Egyptian Art, Archaeology and History in Honour of Barry J. Kemp. Edited by Salima Ikram and Aidan Dodson. pp. 582-603.
2008 “Chapter 1, The Archaeology of Mobility: Definitions and Research Approaches” (with Hans Barnard) and “Chapter 23, From Object to Agent: the Ababda Nomads and the Interpretation of the Past” in: Hans Barnard and Willeke Wendrich (eds.), The Archaeology of Mobility: Nomads in the Old and in the New World.. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Publications.
2007 “Gertrude Caton Thompson (1888-1985). Famous Footsteps to Fill”, Archéonil 17, pp. 89-106.
2007 “Mud Brick and Good Manners: the Karanis Site Management Project”, ARCE Bulletin 192, pp. 12-15.
2007 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich (eds.), Berenike 1999 / 2000, Report on the Excavations at Berenike, including Excavations in Wadi Kalalat and Siket and the Survey of the Emerald Mine Settlements of the Mons Smaragdus Region, Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Publications.
2007 “Basketry”, in: Charles Le Quesne, Quseir, an Ottoman and Napoleonic Fortress on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt, ARCE Conservation Series 2, Cairo, New York: AUC Press.
2007 “Neolithische Korbflechterei”, in: Vor 12.000 Jahren in Anatolien. Die ältesten Monumente der Menschheit. Karlsruhe: Badisches Landesmuseum. pp. 230-235.
2006 W.Z. Wendrich, J.E.M.F. Bos, K.M. Pansire, VR Modeling in Research, Instruction, Presentation and Cultural Heritage Management: the Case of Karanis (Egypt), in: M. Ioannides, D. Arnold, F. Niccoucci, K. Mania (eds.), The 7th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage VAST (2006), Budapest, pp. 225-230.
2006 Willemina Z. Wendrich, Roger S. Bagnall, René T. J. Cappers, James A. Harrell, Steven E. Sidebotham, and Roberta S. Tomber, “Berenike Crossroads: The Integration of Information” In: Norman Yoffee and Bradley L. Crowell, editors. Excavating Asian history : interdisciplinary studies in archaeology and history, pp. 15-66.
2006 “Body knowledge. Ethnoarchaeological Learning and the Interpretation of Ancient Technology”, in: Bernard Mathieu, Dimitri Meeks, Myriam Wissa, éd. L’apport de l’Égypte à l’histoire des techniques. Cairo: Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 2006, pp. 267-275.
2006 "Chapter 15: The Çatalhöyük Basketry" In: I. Hodder (ed.) Changing Materialities at Çatalhöyük Reports from the 1995–99 Seasons. Cambridge: Mac Donald Institute for Archaeology, pp. 419-424.
2006 “Entangled, connected or protected? The power of knots and knotting in ancient Egypt In: Szpakowska, K., ed. Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams, and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt. Swansea, Wales: The Classical Press of Wales, pp. 243-269.
2006 “Archaeology and Sustainable Tourism in Egypt: Protecting Community, Antiquities, and Environment”. In: N. Agnew and J. Bridgland eds Of the Past, for the Future: Integrating Archaeology and Conservation, pp. 184-190. Los Angeles, The Getty Conservation Institute.
2005 “Egyptian Religion, History of Study”, in: Encyclopedia of Religion, second edition (Editor in Chief Lindsay Jones), Macmillan, pp. 2727-2737.
2005 W.Z. Wendrich and R.T.J. Cappers, “Egypt’s earliest granaries: evidence from the Fayum”. In: Egyptian Archaeology 27, Autumn 2005, pp. 12-15.
2004 “ Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs”, Near Eastern Archaeology 67: 4, pp. 226-228.
2004 “Basketry” in: B. Fagan (ed.) The 70 Greatest Inventions, London: Thames & Hudson, pp. 34-36.
2003 W.Z. Wendrich, R.S. Tomber, S.E. Sidebotham, R.T.J. Cappers, R.S. Bagnall, “Berenike Crossroads: the Integration of Information” Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient Volume 46, Number 1, pp. 46-87.
2002 W.Z. Wendrich and G.J. van der Kooij (eds.), Moving Matters, Proceedings of the Seminar on Ethno-archaeology in the Middle East, Cairo-Leiden: NVIC-CNWS.
2002 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich: “Berenike, Archaeological fieldwork at a Ptolemaic-Roman port on the Red Sea coast of Egypt 1999-2001”, Sahara 13, pp. 23-50.
2000 “Basketry” in: P.T. Nicholson, I. Shaw eds: Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, pp. 254 267, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2000 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich, Berenike 1998, Report of the 1998 Excavations at Berenike and the Survey of the Egyptian Eastern Desert, including Excavations in Wadi Kalalat, CNWS Special Series no. 5, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1999 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich, Berenike 1997, Report of the 1997 Excavations at Berenike and the Survey of the Egyptian Eastern Desert, including Excavations at Shenshef, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1999 W.Z. Wendrich, H. Barnard and R.M. Bridgman. Report of the Baynun Mapping Project, Yemen 1998, Cairo-Leiden: NVIC-CNWS.
1999 The World According to Basketry; an Ethnoarchaeological Interpretation of Basketry Production in Egypt, CNWS publication series no. 83), with a 60 minutes video tape of present-day Egyptian basket makers, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1998 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich, Berenike '96, Report on the Excavations at Berenike (Egyptian Red Sea Coast) and the Survey of the Eastern Desert, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1998 “Introduction” and “Fringes are Anchored in Warp and Weft” in O. Kaper (ed.), Life on the Fringe, Cairo-Leiden: NVIC-CNWS.
1997 “Manden en touw” in: De Oudheid Verpakt, catalogue of an Exhibition in the Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam, pp. 42-51, Voorhout: Topa.
1996 "Ancient Egyptian Rope and Knots", in: J.C. Turner, P. van de Griend eds. History and Science of Knots, pp. 43-70, London: World Scientific.
1996 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich, eds. Berenike '95, Preliminary Report of the Excavations at Berenike (Egyptian Red Sea Coast) and the Survey of the Eastern Desert, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1995 "Basketry and cordage", entry in: I. Shaw, P.T. Nicholson, British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, p. 49, London: Trustees of the British Museum.
1995 "Van vindplaats tot rustplaats" in: Het behoud van etnografische collecties, Themadag 23, pp. 69-77, Amsterdam: Centraal Laboratorium voor Onderzoek van Voorwerpen van Kunst en Wetenschap.
1995 S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich, Berenike '94, Preliminary Report of the Excavations at Berenike (Egyptian Red Sea Coast) and the Survey of the Eastern Desert, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1994 "Recording the 1990 Qasr Ibrim Basketry: a matter of edging" in: Ch. Bonnet, ed. Etudes Nubiennes, Actes du VIIe Congrès international d'études nubiennes, 3-8 septembre 1990 Volume II, pp. 205-207.
1994 G.M. Vogelsang-Eastwood, W.Z. Wendrich "Schoeisel" in: De Kleren van de Farao, pp. 139-149, Amsterdam: De Bataafsche Leeuw.
1993 "Mats, baskets and plastic bags", in: Egyptian Archaeology no. 3, pp. 39-40, London: Egypt Exploration Society.
1992 "Basketry analysis; beyond recording" in: Sesto Congresso Internazionale di Egittologia Atti, Volume I, pp. 657-659, Turin.
1991 "The cordage", in: D.A. Welsby, C.A. Daniels, Soba, Archaeological Research at a Medieval Capital on the Blue Nile, pp. 308-309 London: The Britisch Institute in Eastern Africa.
1991 "Basketry, a textile technique?", in: Archaeological Textile Newsletter no. 12, pp. 18-20.
1991 "Basketry versus Textile: on terms" in: Archaeological Textile Newsletter no. 13, pp. 9,10.
1991 Who is afraid of basketry? a guide to recording basketry and cordage for archaeologists and ethnographers, CNWS-series no. 6, Leiden: Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS).
1990 "Vlechtwerk, de zelfkant van het specialisme textiel?", OMRO no. 10, pp. 211-216, Leiden: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden;
1989 "Preliminary report on the Amarna basketry and cordage", in: B.J. Kemp, Amarna Reports V, London: Egypt Exploration Society;
Furthermore, popular articles, reviews and scholarly lectures, both in English and in Dutch.