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Education information

2019: Docent in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Helsinki

2011: Certificate in University Didactics, University of Basel, Switzerland

2009: PhD in Egyptology, University of Basel, Switzerland
(based on PhD studies in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Egyptology, and Assyriology at the Universities of D-Munich, A-Vienna, and CH-Basel)

2002: Mphil in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern philology and archaeology, University of Vienna, Austria
(based on combined BA/MA/Mphil studies at the Universities of D-Tübingen, UK-Cambridge, D-Munich, and A-Vienna)

Research interests

– Socio-cultural history of the Mediterranean and West Asian area of connectivity (c. 1000–300 BCE)

– Cross-regional mobility and migration, cultural transfer, frameworks of living, local/global interplay, visual display, identity constructions, language diversity

– Epigraphics, iconography, cultural anthropology, historical geography, field archaeology

– Source-oriented research, cross-over of theoretical and source-oriented research, historical vs. historiographical history constructions, digital humanities, knowledge transfer

– Teaching also: cultural and social history of the Ancient Near East and Ancient Egypt from the Chalcolithic to the conquest of Alexander

Description of research and teaching

Teaching Philosophy
Comprehensive knowledge of the ancient and scholarly sources of subjects like Ancient History, Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, or Transcultural Studies of the Eastern Mediterranean Area of Connectivity is inherently beyond the scope of a single individual.

Therefore, my major aims are to induce students early on to learn and work with the available (ancient and scholarly) sources and to support and coach them in developing their individual interests and approaches: in order to become independent thinkers, skilled teachers and innovative, effective and responsible researchers who are able to convey their enthusiasm and expertise.

This is reflected in all of my course designs as well as in my focus on highly interactive teaching, on student advice and on coaching graduate and PhD students – officially and unofficially.

External positions

Associate Editor, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections

1 Dec 2019 → …

Research Affiliate, Basel University: Egyptology

1 Feb 2015 → …

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Ancient CrossArea Studies
  • History of the Mediterranean and West Asian area of connectivity
  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Ancient Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • 1171 Geosciences
  • Historical Cartography
  • Thematic Mapping

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Statuen im öffentlichen Raum als Memory Box: Gedanken zu einem Interpretationsexperiment

Translated title of the contribution: Publicly accessible statues as Memory Box: Thoughts on an interpretation experimentWasmuth, M., 12 Mar 2020, Text-Bild-Objekte im archäologischen Kontext: Festschrift für Susanne Bickel. Gabler, K., Gautschy, R., Bohnenkämper, L., Jenni, H., Reymond, C., Zillhardt, R., Loprieno-Gnirs, A. & Münch, H-H. (eds.). Hamburg: Widmaier Verlag, Vol. 22. (Lingua Aegyptia. Studia Monographica).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The statues of Udjahorresnet as archaeological artifacts

Wasmuth, M., 21 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections. p. 195-217 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Udjahorresnet and his world

Wasmuth, M. (ed.), Creasman, P. P. (ed.), Wasmuth, M., Aissaoui, A., Bichler, R., Colburn, H., Joannès, F., Ladynin, I., Lopez, F., Markovic, N., McCoskey, A., Ruggero, C., Schütze, A., Smolarikova, K., Bares, L. & Stevens, M., 21 Jun 2020, 1 ed. Tucson, Arizona: Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections. 219 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Transient or eternal? Cross-regional identity display reconsidered: The missing head of the statue of Darius (NMI 4112)

Wasmuth, M., 30 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections. 24, p. 49–66 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access



  • 9 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 8 Invited talk
  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 1 Academic visit at UH

The social impact of cross-regional migration in the Late Assyrian Empire

Melanie Wasmuth (Speaker)
7 May 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Regine Schulz

Melanie Wasmuth (Host)
25 Oct 201928 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Altägyptische Reiseliteratur

Melanie Wasmuth (Speaker)
15 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Where is the Border? Shifts in the South-Western Fringe Zone of the ANE Empires in the 1st Millennium BCE

Marta Lorenzon (Speaker), Melanie Wasmuth (Speaker)
24 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation