Peter Der Manuelian

Barbara Bell Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University

Peter Der Manuelian is the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University. He came to Harvard in 2010, after a decade at Tufts University. He has also been on the curatorial staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 1987 and held the position of Giza Archives Project Director there until 2011. In addition to Giza, his Egyptian archaeological and epigraphic site work includes New Kingdom temples at Luxor (Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago), and the Predynastic site of Naqada.

His primary research interests include ancient Egyptian history, archaeology, epigraphy, the development of mortuary architecture, and the (icono)graphic nature of Egyptian language and culture in general. He has published on diverse topics and periods in Egyptian history, but currently focuses on the third millennium BC, and specifically on the famous Giza Necropolis, just west of modern Cairo.

Interested in both ancient and modern graphic design—publishing in the broadest sense of the word—he believes in bring new technologies into his research and into the classroom. Among his current projects are the publication of elite Giza tombs west of the great pyramid, a biography of Harvard archaeologist George A. Reisner, and the development of electronic tools to aid in teaching Egyptian hieroglyphic grammar.

Der Manuelian grew up locally but somehow escaped speaking with a Boston accent.