Yr Athro Paul Nicholson

Professor Paul Nicholson

Professor in Archaeology

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 4582
+44 (0)29 2087 4929
3.12, John Percival Building Room

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Research interests

  • Egyptology
  • Early Technology
  • Faience
  • Egyptian Animal Cults
  • Photography in Archaeology
  • Stereoscopic Photography
  • History of Archaeology
  • Archaeological Science

Research projects

  • The Catacombs of Anubis, Saqqara, Egypt.
  • Faience production in Roman Memphis, Egypt.
  • Early Glass in Ancient Egypt

Research groups

Education and qualifications

B.A. in Prehistory & Archaeology, Sheffield University (1st Hons.). Awarded 1981.

PhD in Archaeology, Sheffield University. Awarded 1987.

Certificate in Egyptology. 1993. University of Manchester.

Career overview

2009-present Reader in Archaeology, Cardiff University

1999-2009 Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Cardiff University

1994-1999 Lecturer in Archaeology, Cardiff University

1991-1994 De Velling Willis Research Fellow at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.  (Researching production and distribution in ancient Egypt, with particular reference to ceramics)

1990-1991 British Academy & Egypt Exploration Society Research Associate at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield (Petrology of Egyptian Pottery)

1988-1990 S.E.R.C. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship held at the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield (Scientific examination of Egyptian pottery from Amarna).

1985-1987 Leverhulme Trust Research Assistantship at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.  (Egyptian Pottery)

Notable achievements

Worked on excavations in Egypt since 1983 and directed projects there from 1993.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • President of the Ancient Egypt and Middle East Society



  • MA Special topic on Egyptian society
  • PhD Supervisor


The Catacombs of Anubis, Saqqara

An examination of the burial catacombs for the dogs sacred to Anubis. Complete planning of the Catacomb and examination of the species present among the mummified remains. Funding received from: National Geographic, Andante Travels, Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society.


Faience production at Roman Memphis

To reconstruct the process of faience manufacture in Roman Memphis.