Dr Alexandra Woods

Alexandra Woods is a senior lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Arts. She studied Egyptology and Ancient History at Macquarie University (2001-2003), and completed an Honours degree in Egyptology (2004) before undertaking doctoral studies at Macquarie (2005-2008). Alex's PhD was based on an interpictorial analysis of Old Kingdom elite tomb imagery, specifically marsh related themes. At Macquarie University Alex now teaches Egyptology with a focus on Egyptian archaeology and visual culture studies.


For a full list of publications see Alex's Profile at the Macquarie University Research Portal and Academia.edu

Alex's research focuses on the study of visual culture in ancient Egyptian temple and tomb environments, particularly during the Old to Middle Kingdom periods (Dynasties 3-13, c. 2686 - 1650 BCE). Alex studies:

  1. The context, function, iconographical and iconological significance of the tomb and temple imagery;
  2. artisan practices behind the portrayals to understand how the images were constructed and created within the limitations imposed by function, artistic decorum and tradition and;
  3. visual culture as evidence for social practices, particularly social identity of minority groups in ancient Egypt.

Archaeological Fieldwork

Since 2003 Alexandra has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Egypt as an epigrapher at a number of sites including Saqqara, Deir el-Gebrawi, Meir, Tehna and most recently Beni Hassan.


Alex is principle supervisor to the following students:
  • John Burke -- The False Door in Old Kingdom Egypt: Form, Function and Evolution. PhD.
  • Thérèse Clarke -- The Ties that Bind: Egypt's Old Kingdom as a case study in mature early polity complexity. PhD.
  • Lana Godgrey - Fact or fiction? An investigation into Metal Working scenes in Egyptian Old Kingdom elite tombs. MRes.
  • Nicolle Leary -- Natural Selection: Examination of Animal Figures and the Canon of Proportions in Old and Middle Kingdom wall scenes. PhD.
  • Susan Kelly -- Following the Female Footprint: The Social Construction of Women in Early Egypt. PhD.