College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jacquelyn Williamson

Jacquelyn Williamson

Jacquelyn Williamson

Assistant Professor

Ancient Egypt, The Amarna Period, Gender, Religion

Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson is an Egyptologist, with a special focus on gender and religious power. Her book, Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna, part of Brill’s Harvard Egyptology Series, was published in September 2016. She is involved in the ongoing investigation of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, the site of a sun temple associated with Queen Nefertiti, which is the subject of her first book. She has been a member of several archaeological missions in Egypt and has worked in many museums including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Harvard Semitic Museum, and has held teaching and research positions at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. Dr. Williamson teaches classes on the art and archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Selected Publications

Book Manuscripts:

Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna, Harvard Egyptology Series (September 2016)

Refereed Journal Articles:

‘Death and the Sun Temple: New Evidence for Private Mortuary Cults at Amarna’ Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 101, 2017 (not yet in press).

‘Alone before the God: Gender, Status, and Nefertiti’s Image’ Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 51, 2015, 179-192.

‘Two Names, One Compound: the rwd ʿnḫw ỉtn and the Sunshade of Re at Kom el-Nana’ Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 49, 2013, 143-152.

Popular Books:

Ancient Egypt in 30 Seconds, Ivy Press, East Sussex, United Kingdom, 2015 (consultant and ghost writer)

Courses Taught

At George Mason as of Fall 2016:

ARTH 200: Survey of Western Art Part 1

ARTH 420/599: The Function of A Face: Portraiture in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Education

PhD     2009    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dissertation Title: Reconstruction and Identity of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna: An Analysis of the decorated stone fragments from Kom el-Nana, and the role of the structures called “Sunshades of Re” in the Amarna Period

 

MA      2000    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Major: Ancient Egyptian Languages/Egyptian Art and Archaeology

Minor: Ancient History/Art History (Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome) Thesis: Comparison of Narrative in Egypt, Greece, and Byzantium

 

BA       1995    Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Areas of Specialization: Ancient History and Art History

 

Undergraduate Credits 1993-1994 Wadham College, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Egyptology

Recent Presentations

INVITED TALKS

2016    “Queen Nefertiti: Life after Death at Tell el-Amarna,” The Johns Hopkins University and the American Institute of Archaeology Baltimore. October 14th.

2015    “Alone Before the God: Gender, Status, and Nefertiti’s Image,” The British Museum, London, England. April 9th.

2015    “Death and the Sunshade of Re: New Evidence for Private Mortuary Cults in the Amarna Period.” Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London, England. April 10th.

2014    “The Lost Temple of Nefertiti: Sex and Death.” Harvard University Semitic Museum, Cambridge, MA. February 4th.

CONFERENCES

 Papers Presented:

2015    “Death and the Aten: New Evidence for Private Mortuary Cults in the Amarna Period” International Conference of Egyptologists, Florence, Italy, August 23rd-29th.

2015    “Haunting Amarna: New Evidence for Private Mortuary Cults in the Amarna Period” Annual Conference, Current Research in Egyptology, Oxford University, United Kingdom, April 15-18.

2014    “Offerings for the Dead at Kom el-Nana.” Annual Meeting, American Research Center in Egypt, Portland, OR, USA, April 3-6.

In the Media

MEDIA COVERAGE

Print:              

Katie Nodjimbadem, “Pyramid Scheme: The Secrets of the Shine,”

                        Smithsonian Magazine, October 2015, 36.

Television:      

Appearance, Blink Films/Smithsonian Channel “Secrets:” Re: the Great Pyramid. (UK series title “Treasures Decoded”)

  1. producer Naomi Zola

 

Appearance, Blink Films/Smithsonian Channel “Secrets:” Re: Nefertiti. (UK series title “Treasures Decoded”)

  1. producer Julia Mair.

 

Appearance, Discovery Channel. “Josh Bernstein: Into the Unknown.” Re: Tell el-Amarna

  1. producer Darlow, Smithson Productions.

 

Appearance, BBC2. “Egypt- Lost City.” Re: Tell el-Amarna. 2007. Producer John Hayes-Fischer.

 

Internet:          

General Information on Kom el-Nana:

http://www.amarnaproject.com/pages/amarna_the_place/komelnana/index.shtml

Specific Information on some of my work (summary):

http://www.amarnaproject.com/pages/recent_projects/material_culture/kom-el-nana-reliefwork.shtml