Stephanie Boonstra

Stephanie Boonstra

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Title of thesis: Typology of Eighteenth Dynasty Scarabs

Supervisor: Dr Martin Bommas


  • MA Egyptian Archaeology – Distinction, University College London
  • BA Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology - Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)


In 2014, I started my PhD in Egyptology, funded by the College of Arts and Law, looking in-depth at the surface features and designs of Eighteenth Dynasty scarabs. My passion for scarabs began during my MA programme at UCL where I studied the Middle Bronze Age scarabs of Tell el-‘Ajjul, in the southern Levant (

On top of my research, I am also the Post Graduate Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Art, which is currently on loan from Eton College to the University of Birmingham (

Outside of the university, I regularly travel to Egypt to excavate under the direction of Dr. Joanne Rowland in the Nile Delta in the Minufiyeh and Imbaba governates (


  • 2016 Project Module ‘The Rise and Fall of the Middle Kingdom’ (Instructor)
  • 2015 Seminar ‘Egyptian Blue’ (Held seminars in the Eton Myers Collection)
  • 2013 Instructional Assistant ‘Bronze Age in the Near East’ (Taught lab component)
  • 2013 Guest Lecturer ‘Late Cultures of the Greater Near East and Egypt’ (Taught lectures on the Egyptian New Kingdom)

Doctoral research

PhD title Typology of Eighteenth Dynasty Scarabs
Supervisor Dr Martin Bommas
Course Classics and Ancient History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)


Creating a typology of Eighteenth Dynasty scarabs from sites throughout Egypt and the southern Levant to answer questions regarding production methods, workshops, trade, and cultural interaction.