Dr. Leslie A. Warden

Assistant Professor

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 works in the Egyptian Old Kingdom (ca. 2600-2200 BC), commonly known as "The Pyramid Age." Her primary area of focus is archaeological ceramics analysis. Her research focuses on two ceramic forms dominant in the Old Kingdom, beer jars and bread moulds. She has used these forms to help define the functioning of the Egyptian non-monetary economy - an economy literally run on bread and beer - outside of the royal house. Additionally, she has been a member of the North Kharga Oasis Survey (NKOS) since 2001, working with pharaonic and Roman archaeology in the Egyptian oases. She is currently the project's head ceramicist.  She is broadly interested in Egyptian ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture. Dr. Warden's courses introduce students to archaeology and the study of the ancient world.


2013. Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt. Leiden: Brill.

Recent Publications

In press. “Identifying royal and private power in Old Kingdom Egypt.” Expedition.

In press. “Ceramics and Status at Meidum’s Northern Cemetery.” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo.

In press. “Central Taxation during the Old Kingdom.” Proceedings of the Harvard-Brill Old Kingdom Conference.

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.

2008. Review of “Abusir V: The Cemeteries of Abusir South” The Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 44: 203-204.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Egyptology, Archaeology, the Ancient Near East, archaeological ceramics, Economic history of the ancient world

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Egyptian history and archaeology