This Friday (23 April 2021) is the official opening for submissions to the new journal Interdisciplinary Egyptology. Co-founded by Dr Amber Hood, one of our geoarchaeologists/archaeological scientists at the Department of Geology, this is an exciting new initiative that she has been working on with her fellow Egyptologists Dr Aaron de Souza (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Prof Christiana Köhler (University of Vienna, which is the official host of this new publication).
“IntEg, as we like to call it, really came about out of a desire to have a publication within Egyptology that was dedicated to interdisciplinary research. We are keen to provide scholars with a platform for their research that embraces and promotes cooperation and collaboration across disciplines...research where Egyptology is coupled with (at least!) another research approach that together permit a deeper understanding of the ancient world.”
With a background in both Egyptology and Archaeological Science, Amber uses interdisciplinary approaches in her own work. Her primary research interest is using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) to date Egyptian ceramics housed in museum collections. She is a researcher at the Lund Luminescence Laboratory and is also the Scientific Co-ordinator for the Meret-Neith Project (a German Archaeological Institute of Cairo and University of Vienna lead project).
“The IntEg publishing model is unique in Egyptology. We are an online journal run for Egyptologists, by Egyptologists. The journal is run entirely on a volunteer basis (with a truly stellar support line up of Board Members and Editoral Team Members!), and we offer an entirely free service. It is free to publish (and this includes free open access to research directly upon publication) and is double-blind peer reviewed.”
IntEg also offers free online events which have been a great success. For the lead up to the Journal’s launch, the IntEg team hosted 12 panel discussions that covered a broad range of issues and topics within Egyptology. Over 50 panellists and moderators took part, and the panels had over 2000 views from across 39 countries!
“And there are more to come!”
Head on over to www.int-eg.org to check out this exciting new journal, and if you’re doing interdisciplinary research that involves ancient Egypt, do think about submitting an article!