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Susan Redford

Susan Redford

Assistant Teaching Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

325 Weaver Building/113 Pond Lab University Park , PA 16802 Office Phone: (814) 865-2722


  1. BA, University of Maryland, Anthropology (1976)
  2. MA, University of Toronto, Near Eastern Studies (1985)
  3. PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Egyptology (2006)


I am an Egyptologist and archaeologist who has spent over three decades  digging in Egypt. My research interests have focused primarily on the reign of Ramesses III( The Harim Conspiracy, NIU Press 2002) and also that of the pharaoh Akhenaten, the father of King Tut (PhD dissertation, 2006).  Currently I’m writing a follow-up book tracing the gradual downfall of the family line due to Ramesses’s assassination. My research on this dramatic historical incident has lead to my appearance in several televised documentaries on the subject produced by National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. The historical time period of the pharaoh Akhenaten has involved me in archaeological field excavations. After carrying out fieldwork for 10 years at the site of Akhenaten’s largest sun temple, I initiated a project called ‘The Theban Tomb Survey’ responsible for the clearance, recording and publishing of several tombs in the ancient Theban necropolis.  For the last five years I have solely concentrated my efforts on archaeological research in the eastern Nile delta area. Along with my husband (Donald Redford), we have conducted excavations there at the ancient tell of Mendes. Through my field research operations, I am an instructor for the ‘Summer Abroad Field School in Egypt’ that provides hands-on training both to undergraduate and graduate students in archaeological excavation methodology.  Besides the summer program, I regularly teach courses in Ancient Egyptian history, religion and language.

Recent Publications:

Luxor”,  “Mummification”, “Neith”, “Canopic Jars”, “Cartonnage”,  for The Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions , eds.  Eric Orlin, Lisbeth Fried, Michael Satlow, and Jennifer Knust  (New York, 2013).

“An Internment of the Early Ptolemaic Period”, in Archaeological Research in the Valley of the Kings and Ancient ThebesPapers Presented in Honor of Richard H. Wilkinson, ed. P-P Creasman, (University of Arizona Press, 2013).

In Press: “A Small Ramesside Tomb in the Assasif (AT-2)” Memnonia XXV, 2014.

Forthcoming : The Foundation Deposits of Temple T at Mendes”, Delta Reports II,  (David Brown Books, 2014).

Recent Courses:

CAMS 044 - Near Eastern Mythology & Egyptian Religion
CAMS 104 - Ancient Egypt
CAMS 481 - Middle Egyptian Language & Hieroglyphs
CAMS 497A - Special Topics: Heresy on the Nile
CAMS 199/499 - Egypt Study Tour
CAMS 492 - Egypt Field School

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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