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I am a historian and archaeologist exploring the links between cultural encounters and socio-cultural transformations. My research has focussed on intercultural relations between ancient Egyptians and their neighbours, particularly those of the Near East, during the Third and Second Millennia BC. I am particularly interested in the nature and processes related to the dynamic movement of concepts, objects and people across geographic, social and cultural borders, and how this could lead to change. 

In 2014, I was awarded a PhD at Macquarie University looking into Egyptian-Levantine relations during the Middle Bronze Age and how they were connected to the 'Rise of the Hyksos'. In 2017, I joined the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Enigma of the Hyksos', directed by Manfred Bietak at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. As part of this multidisciplinary team, I have researched the impact of the Hyksos and consistent Middle Bronze Age interactions on Middle to New Kingdom Egyptian culture, politics, and society, leading Research Track 5 on Multidirectional Cultural Interference Studies.

My current Macquarie University Research Fellowship focusses on The Ties that Bind networks of contact and exchange. It aims to identify the processes through which communities negotiate and maintain foreign relations by examining interactions between ancient Egypt and the Near East in the first half of the Second Millennium BC. Using archaeological and historical material as well as current anthropological and sociological theories, the project questions how the complex networks of the first known 'International Age' were forged. 

Other research interests include Old and Middle Kingdom tomb art  and architecture, as well as digital epigraphic and archaeological technologies. I have also worked with several expeditions in Australia, and particularly Egypt (Saqqara and Beni Hassan).

Education/Academic qualification

Macquarie University

15 Nov 201026 Sep 2014

Award Date: 26 Sep 2014

Macquarie University

Mar 2006Jul 2010

Award Date: 23 Sep 2010

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher

Feb 2017Jan 2020

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Research Output

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Transforming Egypt into the New Kingdom: The Movement of Ideas and Technology across Geopolitical, Cultural and Social Borders

Mourad, A-L., 2021, (Accepted/In press) The Enigma of the Hyksos. Changing Clusters and Migration in the Near Eastern Bronze Age: Collected Papers of a Workshop held in Vienna 4th–6th of December 2019. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, (Contributions to the Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Levant).

Macquarie University

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Asiatic and Levantine(-influenced) products in Nubia: evidence from the Middle Kingdom to the Early Second Intermediate Period

Mourad, A-L., 2017, In : Agypten und Levante. 27, p. 381-402 22 p.

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