Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Anne Landborg

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Egyptology at the department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. I did my BA and MA in Uppsala and my PhD at the University of Liverpool, the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology.

My research interests are within ritual texts and their implications and interpretations. My work is focused around ritual identity and what kind of impact and meaning the rituals had for the ancient Egyptians. 

My doctoral thesis ‘Manifestations of the dead in the Egyptian Coffin Texts’ examined how certain aspect of the identity of the dead are described according to the Egyptian mortuary texts mainly found on coffins during the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom. The material is characteristically ritualistic and intended to have an impact for the person in the Afterlife.

One part of my research was focused on what a dead person’s identity is described to consist of, as Egyptian equivalents to the modern concepts of body-mind-spirit, including very culturally specific Egyptian concepts such as the ba and akh. The other part of my thesis examined identity within the so-called transformation spells in the Coffin Texts, and partly also in Book of the Dead. The deceased is presented as able to manifest in different identities in these texts, most commonly, deities, animals, or a particular role of high status, such as the king or a scribe. My main focus was to examine the impact the texts had for the dead person and in particular how the identification with, for example, a god had an impact on the identity of the deceased in the Afterlife.

I am currently working with medical ritual texts, which have typically been classed as magical. My main interest is in ritual identities in these texts which were used by and for living people. In particular, I am looking at what can be said about its impact on the ritualist as well as for the person who was subject of the ritual.

I teach the courses Egyptian Religion, Art and Architecture, as well as Material and textual sources I and II.