Dr Nicola Harrington

BA MA Lond DPhil Oxf
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Doctor of Egyptology

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Nicola is an Egyptologist who joined the University in January 2013 as a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is the author of Living with the dead: ancestor worship and mortuary ritual in ancient Egypt (2013), and contributed to Jean L. Keith’s Anthropoid busts of Deir el-Medina: catalogue raisonne (2011), as well as writing catalogue and dictionary entries, articles on Predynastic and New Kingdom material, and abstracts for the Online Egyptological Bibliography.

Research interests

  • Ancestor worship
  • Anthropology
  • Childhood in antiquity
  • Deir el-Medina
  • Domestic religion
  • Eighteenth Dynasty art
  • Gender studies
  • Mental illness in antiquity
  • Mortuary ritual
  • Predynastic and Protodynastic iconography
  • Theban tomb decoration

Teaching and supervision

  • ARCA 2609 - Foreign Relations of Ancient Egypt, Unit Co-ordinator,
  • ARCA 1001 - Ancient Civilisations (Egypt)
  • ANHS 2609 - Alexander and the Hellenistic World (Ptolemaic Egypt)

Current projects

A former tutor and lecturer at the University of Oxford, Nicola is currently researching the representation sub-adults in the ancient world (c.1550 BC-30 BC) in collaboration with Dr Lesley Beaumont. The interdisciplinary research project will involve a comparative analysis of the iconographic, and to a lesser extent, archaeological, bio-anthropological and textual evidence in order to illuminate the social perception, status and experience of childhood in ancient Egypt and Greece.

2013 University of Sydney Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: Children and childhood in the ancient world: a cross-cultural analysis.

Awards and honours

  • 2013 SOPHI Research Travel Grant Scheme: Children and childhood in the ancient world: a cross-cultural analysis
  • Professional Member of the International Association of Egyptologists
  • Member of the Egypt Exploration Society

Selected grants

2013

  • Children and childhood in the ancient world: a cross-cultural analysis; Harrington N, Beaumont L; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Harrington, N. (2013). Living with the Dead: Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.

Book Chapters

  • Harrington, N. (2011). Excursus: Anthropoid Busts with Headrests. In Jean Lewis Keith (Eds.), Anthropoid Busts of Deir el Medineh and Other Sites and Collections Analyses, Catalogue, Appendices, (pp. 91). Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale.
  • Harrington, N. (2009). Funerary Furniture Made to Order? Stela UC 14228. In D. Magee, J. Bourriau and S. Quirke (Eds.), Sitting Beside Lepsius: Studies in honour of Jaromir Malek at the Griffith Institute, (pp. 227-236). Leuven, Paris: Peeters Publishers.
  • Harrington, N. (2006). MacGregor Man and the development of anthropomorphic fiqures in the Late Predynastic Period. In K. Kroeper, M. Chlodnicki, M. Kobusiewicz (Eds.), Archaeology of Early Northeastern Africa, In Memory of Lech Krzyzaniak, (pp. 659-670). Poznan: Poznan Archaeological Museum.

Journals

  • Harrington, N. (2007). A new approach to the small golden shrine of Tutankhamun. Discussions in Egyptology, 63, 59-66.

Conferences

  • Harrington, N. (2013). Children in the mortuary sphere in pre-Classical antiquity. Classical Seminar Series, Sydney.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). Children of the sun: sub-adults amidst the Amarna Period religious revolution. Display Case Seminar, Sydney.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). Darkness by day: an analysis of grief, loss and despair as presented in ancient Egyptian sources. Near Eastern Seminar Series.
  • Harrington, N. (2012). ("Do not say, 'I am (too) young to be taken'".. The death and burial of infants in ancient Egypt and the representation of children in mortuary contexts (Invited speaker). Classical Archaeology Postgraduate Seminar Series, Sydney.
  • Harrington, N. (2010). 18th Dynasty banquet scenes: ideals and realities (Invited Speaker). Dining and death: interdisciplinary perspectives on the "funerary banquet" in art, burial and belief, Leuven, Paris: Peeters Publishers.
  • Harrington, N. (2007). Children and the dead in New Kingdom Egypt. Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Harrington, N. (2005). From the cradle to the grave: ancestor cults and anthropoid cults and anthropoid busts at Deir el Medina. Current Research in Egyptology 2003: Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Symposium, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Harrington, N. (2005). Sirrah, your father's dead: Children in the mortuary realm in New Kingdom Egypt. Current Research in Egyptology conference 2005, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Harrington, N. (2004). Human representation in the Predynastic Period: the Locality HK6 statue in context. Origins of the state: Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, Leuven, Paris: Peeters.
  • Harrington, N. (2003). From the Cradle to the Grave: anthropoid busts and ancestor cults at Deir el-Medina'. Current Research in Egyptology conference 2003, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Harrington, N. (2000). Immortal monarchs, forgotten pharaohs: selective use of the past at Deir el-Medina. Encounters with Ancient Egypt conference 2000, London: University College London.

Original Creative Work

  • Harrington, N. (2011). New Kingdom, Dynasty 19. Quest for immortality: the Bolton Museum collection, Lancashire, United Kingdom: .

Reference Works

  • Harrington, N. (2014). Ancestor and ancestral ceremony/ancestor worship. The vocabulary for the study of religion. Leiden: Brill.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). [14 entries]. In E. Orlin, L. Fried, N. Denzey Lewis, M. Satlow (Eds.), Routledge dictionary of ancient Mediterranean religions. London and New York: Routledge.

Other

  • Harrington, N. (2013), What the new pharaoh tells us about ancient Egypt.

2014

  • Harrington, N. (2014). Ancestor and ancestral ceremony/ancestor worship. The vocabulary for the study of religion. Leiden: Brill.

2013

  • Harrington, N. (2013). [14 entries]. In E. Orlin, L. Fried, N. Denzey Lewis, M. Satlow (Eds.), Routledge dictionary of ancient Mediterranean religions. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). Children in the mortuary sphere in pre-Classical antiquity. Classical Seminar Series, Sydney.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). Children of the sun: sub-adults amidst the Amarna Period religious revolution. Display Case Seminar, Sydney.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). Darkness by day: an analysis of grief, loss and despair as presented in ancient Egyptian sources. Near Eastern Seminar Series.
  • Harrington, N. (2013). Living with the Dead: Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books.
  • Harrington, N. (2013), What the new pharaoh tells us about ancient Egypt.

2012

  • Harrington, N. (2012). ("Do not say, 'I am (too) young to be taken'".. The death and burial of infants in ancient Egypt and the representation of children in mortuary contexts (Invited speaker). Classical Archaeology Postgraduate Seminar Series, Sydney.

2011

  • Harrington, N. (2011). Excursus: Anthropoid Busts with Headrests. In Jean Lewis Keith (Eds.), Anthropoid Busts of Deir el Medineh and Other Sites and Collections Analyses, Catalogue, Appendices, (pp. 91). Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale.
  • Harrington, N. (2011). New Kingdom, Dynasty 19. Quest for immortality: the Bolton Museum collection, Lancashire, United Kingdom: .

2010

  • Harrington, N. (2010). 18th Dynasty banquet scenes: ideals and realities (Invited Speaker). Dining and death: interdisciplinary perspectives on the "funerary banquet" in art, burial and belief, Leuven, Paris: Peeters Publishers.

2009

  • Harrington, N. (2009). Funerary Furniture Made to Order? Stela UC 14228. In D. Magee, J. Bourriau and S. Quirke (Eds.), Sitting Beside Lepsius: Studies in honour of Jaromir Malek at the Griffith Institute, (pp. 227-236). Leuven, Paris: Peeters Publishers.

2007

  • Harrington, N. (2007). A new approach to the small golden shrine of Tutankhamun. Discussions in Egyptology, 63, 59-66.
  • Harrington, N. (2007). Children and the dead in New Kingdom Egypt. Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2006

  • Harrington, N. (2006). MacGregor Man and the development of anthropomorphic fiqures in the Late Predynastic Period. In K. Kroeper, M. Chlodnicki, M. Kobusiewicz (Eds.), Archaeology of Early Northeastern Africa, In Memory of Lech Krzyzaniak, (pp. 659-670). Poznan: Poznan Archaeological Museum.

2005

  • Harrington, N. (2005). From the cradle to the grave: ancestor cults and anthropoid cults and anthropoid busts at Deir el Medina. Current Research in Egyptology 2003: Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Symposium, Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Harrington, N. (2005). Sirrah, your father's dead: Children in the mortuary realm in New Kingdom Egypt. Current Research in Egyptology conference 2005, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2004

  • Harrington, N. (2004). Human representation in the Predynastic Period: the Locality HK6 statue in context. Origins of the state: Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, Leuven, Paris: Peeters.

2003

  • Harrington, N. (2003). From the Cradle to the Grave: anthropoid busts and ancestor cults at Deir el-Medina'. Current Research in Egyptology conference 2003, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2000

  • Harrington, N. (2000). Immortal monarchs, forgotten pharaohs: selective use of the past at Deir el-Medina. Encounters with Ancient Egypt conference 2000, London: University College London.

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