Peter Der Manuelian
Director, Harvard Semitic Museum
On Leave Spring 2017
Research and Teaching Interests: Ancient Egyptian history, archaeology, epigraphy, the development of mortuary architecture, the iconographic nature of Egyptian language and culture in general; the Giza Necropolis (www.gizapyramids.org), and the application of digital technologies to research and teaching.
Peter Der Manuelian is the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University. He came to Harvard in 2010, after a decade at Tufts University. He also served on the curatorial staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 1987, and held the position of Giza Archives Project Director there from 2000 to 2011. In addition to Giza, his Egyptian archaeological and epigraphic site work includes New Kingdom temples at Luxor (Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago), and the Predynastic site of Naqada.
His primary research interests include ancient Egyptian history, archaeology, epigraphy, the development of mortuary architecture, and the (icono)graphic nature of Egyptian language and culture. He has published on diverse topics and periods in Egyptian history, but currently focuses on the third millennium BC, and specifically on the famous Giza Necropolis, just west of modern Cairo.
Interested in both ancient and modern graphic design—publishing in the broadest sense of the word—he believes in bringing new technologies into his research and into the classroom. Recent efforts have focused on visualization, and 3D immersive technologies as an aid to archaeological research. Among his current projects are the publication of elite Giza tombs west of the great pyramid, a biography of Harvard archaeologist George A. Reisner, and the development of electronic tools to aid in teaching Egyptian hieroglyphic grammar.
Manuelian grew up locally but somehow escaped speaking with a Boston accent.
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