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I am an independent researcher and freelance archaeologist with a PhD in Archaeology and over 20 years' experience in British commercial archaeology, Egyptology, archival and collections research. I specialise in the contextualisation of archaeological material in the field, the museum, the archive and in public through regional archaeological research, Geographic Information Systems, satellite remote-sensing, archival and collections research and management, and digital methods of analysis presentation and interpretation.

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My research currently focusses on Geographic Information System mapping and archaeological site location, and the production of maps, databases and digital applications locating archaeological sites, features and objects for both traditional and online publication. I am working on further research into the Hogarth collection at the British Museum, focussing on using the archival papers to relocate and map the tombs excavated by David George Hogarth at the Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi, near Asyut in Egypt. I am also mapping and locating Egyptian sites as part of separate research for both the British Museum database and Egypt Exploration Society, seeking to create resources that are both academically robust and fit for 21st century digital applications.  

Recent scholarly activity: 

I currently have three papers under review:
Pethen, H. Review: A detailed history of decipherment and subtle critique of Eurocentrism at the ‘Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt’, exhibition British Museum, 13 October 2022 – 19 February 2023. Research in Egyptian Archaeology & Cultural Heritage.
Pethen, H. Resurrecting the archive: Revitalising records of Hogarth’s excavations in the Gebel Asyut el-Gharbi necropolis, Egypt 1906-1907. Interdisciplinary Egyptology.
Jiménez-Higueras, Á., García, D., Pethen, H., Jones, E., Bardají, T., Martínez, A., Sánchez-Moral, S., An integrated model of the geophysical and topographic landscape of the necropolis at Dra Abu el-Naga.

Recent publications: 

Pethen, H. 2023 Space and Topography in Ancient Egypt. Journal of Ancient Civilisations 38/1: 69-124.
Pethen, H. 2021 The Hatnub Quarries Industrial Landscape Survey 2017: Mobile-GIS Ground-truthing of the Satellite Remote-survey. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 107: 129-157 DOI:
Pethen, H. 2021. A New Year Pottery Corpus: investigating early 20th century excavation methods through the Hogarth excavation archive at the British Museum. Bulletin de liaison de la Céramique Égyptienne 30: 231–248.
Pethen, H. 2020. Accessing the Inaccessible: Detailed ‘Off-site’ Archaeological Survey Using Satellite Imagery and GIS at the Hatnub Travertine Quarries, Egypt. In: J. B. Glover, J. Moss, and D. Rissolo (Eds.), CAA 2017 Digital Archaeologies, Material Worlds (Past and Present): Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Tübingen: Tübingen University Press. 115–32.
Pethen, H. 2020. Book Review: Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past, By Sarah Parcak. Pp. 288. Henry Holt & Co., 2019. ISBN: 978-1-250-19828-0. Egyptian Archaeology 56.
Pethen, H. 2019 Researching the Hogarth collection of artefacts from Asyut. The British Museum Ancient Egypt and Sudan Newsletter 6: 22.
Gasperini, V. and Pethen, H. 2018. Roads from Bahariya to Faiyum: A study in remotely sensed data. Ägypten und Levant 28: 181–198. DOI:
Pethen, H. 2018. Egyptian Alabaster: The Golden Light of Eternity. In: Sinead Madden (ed.) Alabaster. Catalogue of the Exhibition at Ordovas Art Gallery, 20 September – 15 December 2018. Ordovas, London. 6-19
Pethen, H. 2017. Book Review: The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the Middle Kingdom, By Nadine Moeller. Pp. xviii + 430, b&w figs. 188, tables 3, maps 6. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2016. American Journal of Archaeology 121.4. Published online at DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1214.Pethen.
Pethen, H. 2017. The Stelae Ridge cairns: A reassessment of the archaeological evidence. In: G. Rosati and M. C. Guidotti (eds.) Proceedings of the XI International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence 23 – 30 August 2015. Archaeopress Egyptology 19: Oxford: Archaeopress, 481–486.
Lisa C. Nevett, E. Bettina Tsigarida, Zosia H. Archibald, David L. Stone, Timothy J. Horsley, Bradley A. Ault, Anna Panti, Kathleen M. Lynch, Hannah Pethen, Susan M. Stallibrass, Elina Salminen, Christopher Gaffney, Thomas J. Sparrow, Sean Taylor, John Manousakis, Dimitrios Zekkos. 2017. Towards a Multi-scalar, multidisciplinary approach to the Classical Greek city: The Olynthos Project. Annual of the British School at Athens 112: 155-206.
Bardají, T. Martinez-Graña, A. Sánchez Moral, S. Pethen, H. García-González, D. Cuezva, S. Cañaveras, J.C. Jiménez-Higueras, 2017. A. Geomorphology of Dra Abu el-Naga (Egypt): the basis of the funerary sacred landscape. Journal of African Earth Sciences. 131: 233–250. DOI: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2017.02.036
Pethen, H. 2014. The Pharaoh as Horus: Three dimensional figurines from mining sites and the religious context for the extraction of minerals in the Middle Kingdom. In: T. Lekov, and E. Buzov, (eds.) Cult and Belief in Ancient Egypt: Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress for Young Egyptologists 22-25 September 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarian Institute of Egyptology.151–162.
Jones, E. and Pethen, H. 2012. Archaeological mapping and topographical survey. In I. Shaw, (ed.) The Gurob Harem Palace Project, Spring 2012. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 98:44–46. DOI:
Pethen, H. 2012. The old and the new in Egyptian archaeology: Towards a methodology for interpreting GIS data using textual evidence. In A. Chrysanthi, P. M. Flores and C. Papadopoulos, (eds.) Thinking Beyond the Tool: Archaeological Computing and the Interpretive Process. Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference 2010. British Archaeological Reports International Series 2344. Oxford: Archeopress, 103–122.
Pethen, H. 2011. Assessment of archaeological resource in aggregate areas on the Isle of Wight. English Heritage project no. 4769. Completed for Museum of London Archaeology and available online at the Archaeological Data Service (

Forthcoming research: 

Pethen, H. In press. Applying Remote Sensing Technology to Areas of Archaeological Interest at Tell Nabasha. In: N. Nielsen, Excavating the City of the Snake Goddess: Flinders Petrie at Tell Nabasha. British Publications on Egypt and Sudan. Peeters: London (5265 words) Pethen, H. 2022. Space and Topography in Ancient Egypt. Journal of Ancient Civilisations 37/2.

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