Martin Bommas is an Egyptologist who has a special research focus on ancient Egyptian religion, rituals and language. His interdisciplinary research focuses on Memory Studies and the Cult of Egyptian deities in the Mediterranean. Among his major publications are Die Mythisierung der Zeit (Wiesbaden 1999), Der Tempel des Chnum der 18. Dyn. auf Elephantine (Heidelberg 2003) and Heiligtum und Mysterium: Griechenland und seine ägyptischen Gottheiten (Mainz 2005).
Tony Leahy is an Egyptologist with a particular interest in all aspects of the history and culture of Egypt in the first millennium BC, especially the Libyan, Kushite and Saite periods. Recent publications include: ‘“Necho” in Late Period personal names’, in D. Aston et al. (eds.), Under the Potters’ Tree (Leuven, 2011), 547-573 and ‘Text and image in funerary identity at Abydos in the early seventh century BC’, Imago Aegypti 3 (2010), 56-71, pls. 19-22.
Claus Jurman is an Egyptologist who has a special research focus on questions of identity, Egypt’s connections to the Mediterranean and Late Period Archaism. His wider research focus includes a comprehensive study of Memphis in the so-called Libyan period (c. 1100–750 BC) and the social and cognitive aspects of writing culture in the first millennium. His major work on the city of Memphis is scheduled to appear as a monograph, Memphis in der Dritten Zwischenzeit. Eine Studie zur (Selbst-)Repräsentation von Eliten in der 21. und 22. Dynastie (Widmaier Verlag, Hamburg).
Egyptological research at Birmingham, as well as teaching, includes all periods of Egyptian history from the Predynastic Period to the end of the Greco-Roman Period and all phases of Egyptian language. While Martin’s research concentration includes a more thematic approach to ancient Egyptian religion and Cultural Studies, Claus’ current research explores questions of identity and writing culture in Egyptian society. Together they cover all aspects of the ancient Egyptian civilisation from the 4th millennium BC down to the Arab conquest in 641 AD. Martin is currently director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project.