I am a settlement archaeologist who works with pottery from Elephantine Island (project of the German Archaeological Institute), and at Kom el-Hisn, where I direct excavations. Settlement excavations help us understand how the Egyptians lived – in part by enabling us to look at what they threw away. The routine …Read More »
Leslie Anne Warden (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2010) is Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Dr. Warden's work focuses on social reconstruction of the Egyptian Old through Middle Kingdoms (ca. 2600-1650 BC), using archaeological ceramics as her primary dataset. Her work dissects how commodity production and distribution was related to Egyptian economic, ritual, and domestic life, providing evidence for local identities and regional continuity over time. She directs the excavations of the Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project (KHPP) at the ancient Egyptians settlement of Kom el-Hisn in the western Nile delta; additionally, she is Head of Ceramics Group for the German Archaeological Institute's excavations at Elephantine (Project title: 'Realities of Life,' directed by Dr. Johanna Sigl), and the head ceramicist of the North Kharga Oasis Survey (directed by Dr. Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo). She is broadly interested in Egyptian ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture.