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UK Fellow, Archaeology, elected in 2011

Professor John Baines FBA

Egyptology: art, archaeology, writing systems, religion, literature, social forms; comparative & theoretical study of early civilisations.
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About this Fellow

John Baines was Professor of Egyptology in the University of Oxford from 1976 to 2013. He taught formerly at the University of Durham. He has held visiting appointments, in departments of Egyptology, anthropology, art history and archaeology, and Near Eastern Studies, at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Throughout his career he has sought to integrate the study of ancient Egypt into the wider discourse of the humanities and social sciences. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and an honorary member of the American Oriental Society.



Current post

  • Professor of Egyptology Emeritus, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Egyptology, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford, 2011 - 2013
  • Professor of Egyptology Emeritus, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford, 2013
  • Senior Fellow, New York University, 2011

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President BASIS, 2014 -


Fecundity figures 1985


Cultural atlas of ancient Egypt, 2nd edition (with Jaromir Malek) 2000


Visual and written culture in ancient Egypt 2007


The disappearance of writing systems (edited with John Bennet and Stephen Houston) 2008


High culture and experience in ancient Egypt 2013


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Professor Ian Morris

Long-term world history; comparative archaeology; the evolution of societies; quantitative history; history & archaeology of ancient Greece.