About

Moderated by Toronto-based Taylor and Thomas, Nile Scribes is a dual-language blog with weekly posts on the latest in Egyptology. Our blog aims to keep you engaged with what is happening in the field by sharing:

  • Interviews with Egyptologists so you can learn more about their work
  • Introductions to the latest publications to help you find your next read
  • Summaries of Egyptological lectures and events in our area
  • Museum-visits to introduce you to their Egyptian collections
  • Reviews of how Egypt is adapted for entertainment (e.g. film, theatre)

Geared toward anyone who loves Egypt – whether you’ve been there or not, whether you’re a professional or an enthusiast, Nile Scribes is your portal into both the ancient Egyptian world and modern Egyptophile community.

Who are the Nile Scribes?

Nile Scribes - Taylor Bryanne Woodcock

Taylor Bryanne Woodcock

A Ph.D. candidate in Egyptology at the University of Toronto, Taylor’s research examines the construction, maintenance, and perception of ethnic identity in the ancient Egyptian world. Taylor spent her early years living in Kenya and traveling throughout Europe and Africa, including visits to Egypt as a teenager. After majoring in history and art history for her undergraduate studies in the United States, she moved to Egypt to pursue Egyptology, earning her master’s degree at the American University in Cairo. Over the course of five years in Egypt, she worked at the South Asasif Conservation Project in Luxor, volunteered for the Theban Mapping Project in Cairo, and founded the Egyptology Graduate Association at AUC. She currently lives in Toronto, writing her dissertation and serving as a board member for the SSEA Toronto Chapter. Find Taylor on Twitter at @bbincairo

  • First trip to Egypt: 2006
  • Favourite pharaoh: Taharqa
  • Favourite museum: Nubian Museum in Aswan, Egypt
  • Favourite early Egyptologist: Auguste Mariette

Nile Scribes - Thomas H. Greiner

Thomas H. Greiner

A native of Nürnberg, Germany, Thomas grew up in Vancouver, Canada, where he first fell in love with ancient history. From ancient Rome via the Greeks, he arrived in Egypt with his first excavation opportunity in 2005 at Hierakonpolis as a young undergrad from the University of British-Columbia. This then led him to pursue a M.A. in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he also found his love for his doctoral topic: the cultural significance of the precious stone lapis-lazuli in the ancient Egyptian world. Today he is a Ph.D. candidate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto and works at the Royal Ontario Museum. Find Thomas on Twitter at @thogreiner

  • First trip to Egypt: 2005
  • Favourite pharaoh: Narmer
  • Favourite museum: Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY
  • Favourite early Egyptologist: Georg Steindorff