Mary Ann Marazzi

Mary Ann Marazzi

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Title of thesis: A Reconstruction of the Ritual of the Ished Tree Scene in Ancient Egypt

Supervisor: Martin Bommas


  • University of Memphis, USA, M.A. 1998, Egyptology/Art History
  • University of Arizona, USA, B.S. 1991, Classics/Anthropology


I have worked on three continents with various archaeological excavations since 1989. As a graduate student in Tennessee, I also worked in museum studies with the Egyptian collection at the University of Memphis and the Chucalissa Archaeological Museum with its Native American collections. I have taught at the middle school and university levels in Art, Classics, and Humanities departments as well as giving public lectures on topics related to my archaeological work since 1988. I have been a freelance academic editor since 1995, owning my own company since 2008, Seshat Editorial, LLC. I work on textbooks and other academic publications both with independent authors and major publishing houses. 


  • 2009–2011—Taught university-level humanities courses, Kaplan University, USA
  • 2002–2010—Taught university-level art history and art appreciation courses, Pima Community College, USA
  • 2003–2004—Taught middle school classes in humanities, graphic design, art history/studio art, and world history, grades 5, 6, 7, and 8, USA
  • 1998–2000—Taught graduate-level archaeological photography courses, University of Memphis, USA
  • 1988–1991—undergraduate grading/teaching assistant Classics Department, University of Arizona

Doctoral research

PhD title
A Reconstruction of the Ritual of the Ished Tree Scene in Ancient Egypt
Classics and Ancient History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)


My research topic is a reconstruction of the ritual of the ished-tree analysing the visuals and texts of all extant Ished-tree scenes in Egypt from the first one dating to the reign of Thutmosis I (1493–1479 B.C.) to the last one dating to the reign of Ptolemy IV (222/1–205 B.C.) in order to determine the steps, participants, audience, and organisation of the ritual.

Other activities

  • 2012–Present—Member of American Research Center in Egypt
  • 1997–Present—Member of the Amenmesse Project excavating in the Valley of the Kings, tombs KV-10 and KV-63
  • 1996—Member of the University of Memphis excavations, Mound City, Arkansas, a Mound-builder site
  • 1991–2002—Member of the American Institute of Archaeology
  • 1989—Member of Cornell University excavations La Piana, Italy, an Etruscan site