Dr David Edwards

Lecturer in Archaeology

School/Department: Archaeology and Ancient History, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2881



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 from the Bronze Age to the recent.


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. My current work is focussing in publishing the archives of the (UNESCO-Sudan Antiquities Service) Archaeological Survey of Sudanese Nubia 1963-1969.


(0) 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. Landscape Archaeologies in Nubia and the Middle Nile, in G. Emberling & B. Williams (eds) Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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. Islamic archaeology in Nubia, in D. Raue (ed.) Handbook of Ancient Nubia, Berlin: De Gruyter, 965-84. 
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 Bacs, T., Bollok, Ã. and Vida, T. (eds) Across the Mediterranean - Along the Nile. Studies in Egyptology, Nubiology and Late Antiquity dedicated to Laslo Torok 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 (Neuchatel, 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
Edwards D.N. 2004. The Nubian Past: An Archaeology of the Sudan, London: Routledge.
Edwards D.N. 1999. Musawwarat es Sufra III. A Meroitic Pottery Workshop at Musawwarat es Sufra. (Meroitica 17:2). Weisbaden: Harrassowitz.
Edwards D.N.  1998. Gabati. A Meroitic, post-Meroitic and medieval cemetery in central Sudan. Volume 1. London: SARS.
Edwards D.N.  1996. The Archaeology of the Meroitic State: new perspectives on its social and political organisation. Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 38. Oxford. .


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.


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.


Associate Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA)
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