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California State University
Kate Liszka
Title:Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology
College:College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Courses:Ancient Egyptian History I, II, and III Ancient Egyptian Archaeology Ancient Egyptian Culture and Society Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art Egyptian Mining Expeditions, Their Buildings, and their Slaves World History I
Education:Ph.D. and M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations B.A. Penn State University, majors in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and International Studies
Research Interests:See her CSUSB faculty feature: Ancient Egyptian Art, History, and Archaeology; Nubians in Egypt; the Medjay; Portrayal of Ethnicity and Identity in Antiquity; Multicultural Interactions in Frontier Regions; the Pangrave Archaeological Culture; Large-Scale Mining Expeditions. Research Interests: Her research for the last decade has focused on interactions between Nubians and Egyptians and on interactions between Nubians with the Egyptian government. This has culminated in two large research projects. First, she working on a manuscript entitled From Pastoral Nomads to Policemen: The Evolution and Role of the Medjay in Ancient Egypt and Nubia, c. 2300 to 1250 BCE. Based on her doctoral dissertation, this work examines issues of ethnic identity in antiquity as well as the role of Nubians in Egypt. Second, she directs an archaeological project in Egypt at Wadi el-Hudi. This is a series of sites in the Eastern Desert where the Egyptian government sent large expeditions to procure amethyst during the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1750 BCE) and the Roman Period (1st – 4th cent. CE). In this project, her team is examining the organization of large-scale mining operations, as well as the role of individuals and the role of foreigners in those expeditions. Selected Publications: Liszka, 2017. “Egyptian or Nubian?: Settlement Architecture at Wadi el-Hudi, Wadi es-Sebua, and the Eastern Desert” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 103: 35-51. Liszka and Kraemer, 2016. “Evidence for administration of the Nubian fortresses in the late Middle Kingdom: P. Ramesseum 18.” Journal of Egyptian History 9: 151-208. Kraemer and Liszka, 2016. “Evidence for administration of the Nubian fortresses in the late Middle Kingdom: The Semna Dispatches.” Journal of Egyptian History 9:1-65 Liszka, 2015. “Scarab Amulets in the Egyptian Collection of the Princeton University Art Museum.” Record: Princeton University Art Museum 74:4-19. Liszka, 2015. “Are the Bearers of the Pan-Grave Archaeological Culture Identical to the Medjay-People in the Egyptian Textual Record?” Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 7:2: 42-60. Liszka, 2011. “‘We have come from the Well of Ibhet’: Ethnogenesis of the Medjay,” Journal of Egyptian History. 4:2: 149-171. Liszka, 2008. “Water Basins in Middle Kingdom Planned Settlements.” In Current Research in Egyptology 2008: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Symposium, University of Manchester, eds. V. Gashe and J. Finch, 51-68. Bolton: Rutherford Press Limited.
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Website:Kate Liszka's Personal Website