Ludwig Morenz
© Ludwig Morenz

Prof. Dr. Ludwig D. Morenz

University of Bonn
Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology2
Department of Egyptology
Am Hof 1
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7462 2

Current Position

  • Director of the Department of Egyptology
  • Director of the Egyptian Museum Bonn
  • Professor for Egyptology


Ludwig Morenz focuses on different forms of dependency in Pharaonic history and its expression in archaeological and textual material. This research studies the relationship between the Egyptian economic expeditions organized by the Pharaonic state and the local Canaanites on various levels. Contrary to earlier assumptions, it has become obvious that the Canaanite Bedouins didn’t only work as “slaves or uneducated workers”, but instead had various levels of dependency and agency. We are able to analyze continuity and changes concerning these complex relationships over more than a millennium. Ludwig Morenz also examines other research areas, tackling questions of dependency within Pharaonic society from the field of economy to religion.

13 monographs, 4 edited volumes, more than 100 articles and ca. 100 invited talks and presentations; 4 completed and 7 ongoing doctorates, 7 Magister, 8 M.A. and 15 B.A. theses as supervisor/first reviewer; reviewer of international Ph.D.s (Leiden, Liverpool, Rhodos).


  • 2001                         Habilitation and Venia legend in Egyptology, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 1990–1994             Ph.D. in Egyptology, Coptology, Ancient Oriental and Religious History, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 1985–1990             Diploma Studies in Oriental Archaeology, University of Halle, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2009–present         Professor for Egyptology at the University of Bonn and Director of the Egyptian Museum Bonn, Germany
  • 2006–2007             Senior Fellow, International Research Center for Cultural Studies Vienna, Austria
  • 2002–2009             Heisenberg fellowship (German Research Foundation), Herzog-Ernst-Scholarship, Research Library of Gotha
  • 1998–2001             Habilitation scholarship (German Research Foundation)
  • 1995–1997             Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Barns Junior Research Fellow, Queen's College, Oxford,

Participation in Academic Centers and Consortium Projects

  •                                     Member of VARI = Association of Archaeological Institutions of Cologne/Bonn Project leader in the DFG Collaborative Research Center "'Macht' and 'Herrschaft':
                                        Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective"
  • 2016–present           Member of the Geram Archaeological Institute
  • 2013–present           Member of the DFG Research Training Group 1878 Archeology of Pre-Modern Economies
  • 2011–present           Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project
  • 2008                           Member of the International Organizing Committee of the Xth International Congress of Egyptologists in Rhodes

Additional Academic Activities

  • Current excavation projects in Egypt:
    a) 2012–present      Serabit el-Chadim: Hathor temple: landscape archaeology, epigraphy and iconography; the first excavation campaign took place in September 2012;
    b) 2015–present      Elite Necropolisof the Qubbet el Hawa
  • 2011–present           Exhibitions in the Egyptian Museum Bonn
  •                                     Approx. three special exhibitions every year
  •                                     Special exhibition on the origin of alphabetic writing in the Egyptian National Museum, Cairo
  •                                     Co-editor of the "Journal of Egyptian History"
  • 2012–present           Founder and Co-editor of "THOT: Beiträge zur historischen Epistemologie und Medienarchäologie" 
  • 2012–present           Founder and editor of "Bonner Ägyptologische Beiträge"
  • 2014–present           Founder and editor of "Studia Sinaitica" and of "Studia Euphratica"

Third-Party Funding

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • the Gerda Henkel Foundation
  • the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
  • the Minerva-Genther Foundation
  • the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Total sum of approximately 1 million euros.

Selected Publications

  • 2016. Hoffen und Handeln. Vom altägyptischen Heka. Hans-Bonnet-Studien zur ägyptischen Religion 2. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2015. Der Erinnerer. Ein bedrohlicher altägyptischer Dämon und die existentielle Furcht vor dem Totengericht. Bonner Ägyptologische Beiträge 6. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2014. Das Hochplateau von Serabit el Chadim. Landschaftsarchäologie und Kulturpoetik. Studia Sinaitica 1. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2014. Menschen und Götter. Buchstaben und Bilder. Studia Sinaitica 2. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2014. Medienevolution und die Gewinnung neuer Denkräume. Das frühneolithische Zeichensystem (10./9. Jt. v. Chr.) und seine Folgen. Studia Euphratica 1. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2013. Zählen-Vorstellen-Darstellen. Eine Archäologie der altägyptischen Zahlen. Bonner Ägyptologische Beiträge 1. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2013. Kleine Archäologie des Ägyptischen Humors. Ein kulturgeschichtlicher Testschnitt. Bonner ägyptologische Beiträge 3. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2013. Kultur- und mediengeschichtliche Essays zu einer Archäologie der Schrift. Von den frühneolithischen Zeichensystemen bis zu den frühen Schriftsystemen in Ägypten und dem Vorderen Orient. Thot 4. Berlin: EB-Verlag.

  • 2009/2010. “Power and Status. Ankhtifi the Hero. Founder of a New Residence?”  Cahiers de Recherches de l'Institut de Papyrologie et Égyptologie de Lille 28: 177–192.

  • 2007. “Kulturelle Einverleibungen fremden Wissens.” In Studies on the Ancient Egyptian Culture and Foreign Relations, edited by Panagiotis Kousoulis, 33–53. Rhodos: University of the Aegean.

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