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Hesham Mohammed Hussein Hamed

Sinai Archaeology - Supreme Council of Antiquities - Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Director General

Country: Egypt

ITP Year: 2009


Hesham Hussein has been General Director of Sinai Archaeology since 2018 and in this role he supervises the excavation and documentation projects. Hesham is a professional archeologist, VR photographer, and content writer. With over two decades’ experience of fieldwork in Sinai he was the ideal person to be in charge of Sinai archaeological, documentation and development projects.

Hesham graduated from Cairo University in Egyptology. His PhD dissertation was about the Eastern Frontier of Ancient Egypt. His research and writings focus on the Archeology and Ancient History of the Sinai Peninsula.

Hesham is a Board Member of ICOM Egypt and the Director of the Sinai Rock Inscription Documentation Project. He believes in the importance of technology in the field of archaeology. His most recent work is the documentation of two important caves in Sinai: the “el-Dalma” and “el-Zaranig” caves.

Hesham has received scholarships to take part in a variety of training and research programmes spending time in the USA (2019), the UK (2015), Italy (2014) and Spain (2005).

Hesham’s publications include:-

Abd el-Samie Mohamed & Hesham Hussein, “Forgotten Excavations of the Ptolemaic-Roman Cemetery at al-Qantara (Seasons 1981 and 1985), Nehet 7, 2023, pp.181-190.
Pierre Tallet & Hesham Hussein, “Une Nouvelle stele commemorant l’expedtion de l’an 8 d’Amenemhat IV a Serabit El-Khadim (CCIS 337), Nehet 6, 2022, pp.175-182
Hisham M. Hussein “Mapping an Ancient Ptolemaic-Roman Frontier Necropolis at Al-Qantara”, proceeding of the ICE XII , 2023, vol I, pp.247-254
Mohamed Abdel Samie and Hesham M. Hussein, “Forgotten excavations in Sinai: Al-Qantarah Necropolis (season 1981),” (Journal of Historical Archaeology and Anthropological Sciences, vol. 7, issue 2, 2022, pp. 78-80)
Mahmoud Salem, Islam Sami, and Hesham M. Hussein, “Al Selik, a Nabataeans Station on the Western Coast of the Suez Gulf “, Madarat Tarikhia, Volume 2, Issue 4, 2021, pp.220-240. (in Arabic)
Hisham M. Hussein: “Sety I’s military relief at Karnak and the eastern Gate of Egypt: A Brief Reassessment” An excellent fortress for his armies, a refuge for the people”: Egyptological, archaeological, and biblical studies in honor of James K. Hoffmeier / edited by Richard E. Averbeck and K. Lawson Younger, Jr. University Park, Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns, 2020, pp.157-166
Hesham M. Hussein, ” Mapping an Ancient Egyptian Highway of North Sinai: The Ways of Horus,” in: Tell el-Borg II, edited by James K. Hoffmeier, University Park, Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns, 2019, pp.348-354
Hesham M. Hussein, “Serabit El-Khadeim Temple – Hathor Lady of Turquoise”, Memory of Egypt- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Vol 31, 2017, pp.58-65 (in Arabic)
Hesham M. Hussein, ” Searching for Ptolemy XII: Inscription from Sinai”, Egyptian Archaeology 48, spring 2016, 28-29.
Hesham M. Hussein and Sayed Abd el-Aleem, “The Way(s) of Horus during Saite Period: Tell el- Kedwa and its Key location guarding Egypt’s North frontier”, Journal of ancient Egypt interconnection. Vol.7:1, 2015, 1-13.
Mohamed Abd el-Maksoud, Hesham M. Hussein, and others, ” The Rescue Excavations of 2009 at Tell Dafana”, in: Tell Dafana Reconsidered: The Archaeology of an Egyptian Frontier Town (British Museum Press 2014), pp.130-243
Hesham M. Hussein and Sayed Abd el-Aleem, “Tell el-Kedwa (Qedua): Saite Fortresses on Egypt’s Eastern Frontier. The 2007 season of SCA fieldwork”, Delta Survey Workshop 2013, British Council, Cairo.
Hesham M. Hussein, “Egypt Eastern Frontier during early dynastic period”, Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities- Suez Canal University, volume 4, 2013, pp.155-177
Hesham M. Hussein, “The Egyptian Eastern Frontier during the Second Intermediate Period”, Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities- Suez Canal University, volume 4, 2013, pp.155-177 (in Arabic)

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2009, Hesham was based in the Department of Egypt and Sudan and his partner placement was spent at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

An element of the programme was a morning of presentations, in which groups of participants presented a 10-minute illustrated talk, prompted by the task to consider a new display of the fellows cultures at the British Museum.  Hesham’s exhibition proposal, with colleagues Ahmed El-Laithy and Wael Morsi Hamada, was entitled Ginger – Reconsidering the display of human remains.