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Prof. Dr. Ludwig D. Morenz

Principal Investigator

Ludwig Morenz

University of Bonn
Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
Department of Egyptology
Regina-Pacis Weg 7
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7462


Current Position

Director of the Department of Egyptology
Director of the Egyptian Museum Bonn


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 of 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, UK

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) Serabit el-Chadim: Hathor temple: landscape archaeology, epigraphy and iconography; the first excavation campaign took place in September 2012;
    b) Elite Necropolisof the Qubbet el Hawa (since 2015)
  • Exhibitions in the Egyptian Museum Bonn (since 2011)
    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”
  • Founder and Co-editor of “THOT. Beiträge zur historischen Epistemologie und Medienarchäologie” (since 2012)
  • Founder and editor of “Bonner Ägyptologische Beiträge” (since 2012), “Studia Sinaitica” (since 2014) and of “Studia Euphratica” (since 2014)

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

  • Hoffen und Handeln. Vom altägyptischen Heka. [Hoping and Acting. On the Ancient Egyptian Cultural Technology Heka]. Berlin 2016.
  • Der Erinnerer. [The Reminder]. Berlin 2015.
  • Das Hochplateau von Serabit el Chadim. Landschaftsarchäologie und Kulturpoetik. [The High Plateau of Serabit el Chadim. Archaeology and Cultural Poetics of Landscape]. Berlin 2014.
  • Menschen und Götter. Buchstaben und Bilder. [Men and Gods. Letters and Images]. Berlin 2014.
  • Medienevolution und die Gewinnung neuer Denkräume. [Media Evolution and the Creation of New Mental Spaces]. Berlin 2014.
  • Zählen-Vorstellen-Darstellen. [Counting – Imagining – Rpresenting]. Berlin 2013.
  • Kleine Archäologie des Ägyptischen Humors. [Short Archaeology of Egyptian Humor]. Berlin 2013.
  • Kultur- und mediengeschichtliche Essays zu einer Archäologie der Schrift. [Cultural and Media Historical Essays for an Archaeology of Scripture]. Berlin 2013.
  • Power and Status. Ankhtifi the Hero. Founder of a New Residence? In: CRIPEL 28 (2009/10), 177-192.
  • Kulturelle Einverleibungen fremden Wissens. [Cultural Incorporation of Foreign Knowledge]. In: P. Kousoulis (ed.): Studies on the Ancient Egyptian Culture and Foreign Relations. Rhodos 2007, 33-53.
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