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Dr. Leslie A. Warden

Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Associate Professor of Art History

Department: Fine Arts
Office: 243 Olin Hall




PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania (2010)

MA, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania (2008)

BA, Anthropology, University of California at Davis (2002)


Research & Teaching Interests

Dr. Warden's research focuses on social reconstruction of the Egyptian Old through Middle Kingdoms (ca. 2600-1650 BC). Her primary dataset is archaeological ceramics. Her work dissects how commodity production and distribution was related to Egyptian economic, ritual, and domestic life, providing evidence for local identities and regional continuity over time. She directs the excavations of the Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project (KHPP) at the ancient Egyptians settlement of Kom el-Hisn in the western Nile delta; additionally, she is the head ceramicist of the North Kharga Oasis Survey (directed by Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo) and Head of Ceramics Group for the German Archaeological Institute's excavations at Elephantine (directed by Johanna Sigl). She is broadly interested in Egyptian ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture.

Dr. Warden's classes introduce students to the discipline of archaeology in general, as well as specific archaeological and art historical sub-topics such as mortuary archaeology, settlement archaeology, Egyptian art, and museology. Students interested in archaeology may apply to be part of the Archaeology Lab, where students are trained to conduct real-world archaeological research using data brought back from Dr. Warden's fieldwork.


2021. Ceramic Perspectives on Ancient Egyptian Society. Camridge: Cambridge University Press. 

2014. Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt. Leiden: Brill.

Recent Publications

In press. “Pottery from North Kharga’s Desert Roads.” Cahiers de la céramique egyptienne 12.

2019. “Tying technology to social, economic, and political change: the case of bread baking at Elephantine.” American Journal of Archaeology 123 (1).

2018. Warden, Leslie Anne, Eman elSayed Aly Khalifa, John Gait, Peter Kopp, and Valerie Steele. “Stadt und Tempel von Elephantine: Pottery studies in course of the project “Realities of Life” (Lebenswirklichkeiten) – a methodological summary and pilot project.” Slated for Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Abteilung Kairo 74.

2018. “Ayn Gib Ceramics,” “Qasr el-Sumayra Ceramics,” “Settlement C Ceramics,” “Two Houses Ceramics,” and “Dabasheyyah Pigeon Tower Ceramics,” in North Kharga Oasis Survey, vol. 1. Edited by S. Ikram and C. Rossi.

2018.  “Grain as Wealth in Egypt: field – silos - bread and beer,” in Les céréales dans le monde antique: regards croisés sur les strategies de gestion des cultures, de leur stockage et de leurs modes de consummation (NeHeT, e-journal of Paris-Sorbonne/ULB.) Edited A. Bats. Paris: Sorbonne, 141-156. 5-WARDEN.pdf

2017. “Serdab, Cult, and ‘Home:’ Domestic arrangement in Old Kingdom Mastabas,” in Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2015. Edited by M. Bárta, F. Coppens, and J. Krejci. Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology, 467-488.

2015. “Central Taxation during the Old Kingdom.” in Towards a New History of the Egyptian Old Kingdom: Perspectives on the Pyramid Age, pp 473-498. Edited by Peter der Mannuelian and Thomas Schneider. Leiden: Brill.

2015. “Identifying royal and private power in Old Kingdom Egypt.” Expedition 57 (2): 24-29.

2013 (published 2015). “Ceramics and Status at Meidum’s Northern Cemetery.” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 69: 227-246.

2012. Three entries (“Pan Grave culture,” "Meidum," "Gebelein") in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Edited by Roger Bagnall, Kai
Brodersen, Craige Champion, Andrew Erskine and Sabine Huebner. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

2011. “The Organization and Oversight of Potters in the Old Kingdom,” in Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010. Edited by Miroslav Bárta. Charles University in Prague.

2011. Four entries (“Meidum Bowl,” “Necklaces of beads and amulets,” “New Kingdom bowl containing resin,” and “Pottery group from Qau Tomb 1108”) for the exhibit catalogue Quest for Immortality, The Bolton Collection.