Dr David N. Edwards


Lecturer in Archaeology

BA (York), MLitt (Newcastle), PhD (Cambridge), FHEA, ACIfA

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2881

Email: dne1@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I studied History at York University, an MLitt in Archaeology at Newcastle University and a PhD at Cambridge University, while also working for several years as a professional field archaeologist around Britain; coming to Leicester in 1999. I have extensive field experience in Nubia/Sudan, as well as in many parts of Britain, as well as Egypt, Jordan and Libya. My primary research interests remain in Sudanese/Nubian archaeology.


I teach at all levels of Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies, campus and distance learning, including Egyptian and Nubian/Sudanese archaeology, medieval archaeology, landscape archaeologies,  archaeologies of religion and belief, and skills for Professional Archaeology.


Much of my research has found a regional focus in Nubia, Sudan and Sudanic Africa, with more recent research concerned both with large multi-period landscape studies, the Historical/Islamic/Ottoman archaeology of Sudanic Africa, as well as social archaeologies relating to pottery and pottery use

Current and recent projects

Archaeological Survey of Sudanese Nubia (ASSN) 1963-1969: we are now working towards the publication of the very extensive archives of the fieldwork carried out in Sudanese Nubia (Directed by Tony Mills), sponsored by UNESCO in advance of the regions' flooding by the Aswan High Dam.

Pottery and Society in the Middle Nile: an ongoing investigation of the social history of pottery and pottery-use in the Middle Nile, from the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition to the Ottoman period.

Research Student Supervision

Applicants are welcome from those interested in PhD research relating to   Sudan, Nubia  and Sudanic Africa, particularly relating to ceramic culture,pottery, mortuary archaeologies and landscape-scale studies. Students interested in working with the ASSN archive would be especially welcome.

Some Recent Publications

Edwards, D.N. (ed.)  2020. The Archaeological Survey of Sudanese Nubia 1963-69. The Pharaonic Sites, Oxford: Archaeopress/SARS. [with A.J. Mills]

Edwards, D.N. 2020. ‘Early states and urban forms in the Middle Nile In. Sterry, M. and Mattingly, D.J. (eds). Urbanisation and State-Formation in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond.. Cambridge University Press, 359-395.

Edwards, D.N. 2019.  ‘Between the Sahara and the Nile: some comparative perspectives’, In Gatto, M. et al. (eds). Burials, Migration and Identity in the Ancient Sahara and beyond. Cambridge: CUP, 195-22

Edwards, D.N. 2018. ‘Late Antique Nubia revisited’. In Bács, T., Bollók, Á and Vida, T. (eds) Across the Mediterranean - Along the Nile. Studies in Egyptology, Nubiology and Late Antiquity dedicated to László Török on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday, Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences/LTE, 539-556.

Edwards, D.N. 2018. ‘Towards a Historical Archaeology of Ottoman Nubia’, In Honegger, M. (ed.) Nubian Archaeology in the XXIst Century. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference for Nubian Studies (Neuchâtel, 1-6 September 2014). (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 273), Leuven: Peeters, 645-660.

Edwards, D. N. 2014. ‘Creating Christian Nubia: Processes and Events on the Egyptian Frontier’ in J. Dijkstra and G. Fishers (eds) Inside and Out. Interactions between Rome and the Peoples on the Arabian and Egyptian Frontiers Leuven: Peeters.

Edwards, D. N. (ed.) 2012. The Archaeology of a Nubian Frontier, Leicester: Mauhaus

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