Interview: Prof. Aidan Dodson

Royal Tombs, Amarna, and Egyptology in 2020.

My guest today is Professor Aidan Dodson. To those interested in ancient Egypt, Prof. Dodson needs no introduction. He is the Honorary Professor of Egyptology at the University of Bristol, and has worked in the field for over thirty years. Prof. Dodson has published dozens of books and articles on a wide variety of topics, and his an acknowledged expert in many historical topics.

In this interview, Prof. Dodson and I discuss several aspects of Egyptian history. We begin with royal tombs, then move to the history and scientific study of the Amarna Period (including the 2010 DNA study). Finally, we conclude with a discussion of Prof. Dodson’s time in Egyptology and his perspectives on the field, in 2020.

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A full bibliography of Prof. Dodson’s books and articles would fill many blog posts. But for those who want to learn more, there are many excellent works to read. Prof. Dodson’s book The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt is available now from Pen & Sword Publishing.* Additionally, you can find a list of some published monographs here.

*Disclaimer: This interview was arranged by Pen & Sword Publishing, who provided me with a free e-book of The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt. I am not receiving any commissions or affiliate fees for sales of Prof. Dodson’s work. My thanks to Emily of Pen & Sword for organising the conversation, and many thanks to Prof. Dodson for joining me (late in the evening) to discuss these topics.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Daniel L. says:

    It doesn’t play for me.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Daniel, have checked and updated the link. Should work now

      1. Daniel L. says:

        It works, thank you!

  2. ANN SHARP says:

    Most grateful to Professor Dodson for the interview, and I especially enjoyed the DNA discussion. One remote possibility on the generations-of-first-cousin marriages that, though there is no way to know at this [extremely] late date, might be identical twins in the lineage. I mention this only because, as the child of an identical twin, I seriously startled my mother when I informed her that 23 and Me had assigned me a half-brother. He is, of course, the son of her twin sister, but genetically, half-sibling is how the percentage of shared DNA works out.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      That is fascinating! More food for thought!

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