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Alexandre Loktionov

  • Alexandre Loktionov has been at HSE University since 2021.


In 2021, I became the first Egyptologist to join the staff of the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies at HSE. At present, my main responsibility is launching HSE's new Egyptology programme, which is due to start teaching students in autumn 2022. My main research priority is the study of the evolution of Ancient Egyptian law in the period 2700-1100BCE. 



University of Cambridge

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

Professional development certificates

Cyber Security Awareness Training (University of Cambridge, 2023)

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training (University of Cambridge, 2021)

Fire Safety Training (University of Cambridge, 2021)

Anti-Radicalisation Training/Prevent Duty (University of Cambridge, 2021)

Equality and Diversity Training (University of Cambridge, 2020)

First Aid for Fieldwork Training (University of Cambridge, 2015)

Additional work experience

Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (ORACC), January 2013 – June 2014

The British Museum (Department of Egypt and Sudan), August 2013

Courses (2023/2024)



  • 2024
    Coffins in Context Conference (Кембридж). Presentation: Coffins in court: the place and value of coffins in Ramesside legal documents
  • 2023
    Coronation of Charles III: Continuities and Change (Лондон). Presentation: Monarchy and Royal Rituals in Egypt and Mesopotamia
  • University of Leicester Research Seminar (Лестер (Leicester)). Presentation: Laws in Dialogue: New Kingdom Egypt as a Melting Pot of Judicial Traditions
  • Egyptian World Seminar Series 2023 (Cambridge) (Кембридж). Presentation: Looking beyond Pharaoh: Legal pluralism and ‘early democracy’ in Ancient Egypt
  • 2021
    Punishment, Labor and the Legitimation of Power (Бонн). Presentation: Regulating Labour Through Foreign Punishment? Codification and Sanction at Work in New Kingdom Egypt
  • 2020
    3rd Lady Wallis Budge Egyptology Symposium: Compulsion and Control in Ancient Egypt (Кембридж). Presentation: Introduction: The many Faces of Compulsion and Control in Ancient Egypt
  • Liverpool Egyptology Seminars (Ливерпуль). Presentation: The Spoken Word and the Changing Face of the Egyptian Judicial Process, c.2700 – 1100BCE
  • 2019
    Egyptian World Seminar Series 2019 (Cambridge) (Кембридж). Presentation: The Poet, the Premier, and the Egyptologist: the Politics of Soviet Fieldwork in Egypt, 1944-1964
  • The “Cultural Cold War”: Towards a Theorisation of its Afro-Asian Contexts (Мюнхен). Presentation: The Uses of Egyptology in Cultural Cold Wars: Old Europe, Red Man and the Red Phoenix
  • 2018
    Archaeology as a Diplomatic Tool: Old and New International Players and their Political Interest in Global Archaeology (Гронинген). Presentation: All quiet on the Egyptological front? Political Aims and Outcomes of Soviet Interest in Ancient Egypt, 1943-1963
  • 8th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Лондон). Presentation: A Revolution in Egyptology or an Egyptology of the Revolution? Changing perspectives on Ancient Egypt in Russia
  • 2016
    Current Research in Egyptology XVII (Краков). Presentation: 18 years, one jar of fat, and a happy ending: An example of justice from Ancient Egypt
  • 1st Berner Altorientalisches Forum (Берн). Presentation: Importing the law? Possible elements of the Mesopotamian legal tradition in New Kingdom Egypt (1549-1064BCE)


Grant of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK, 2021 –present (Principal Investigator)

Title: The Development of Early Constitutional Thought

The grant is directed at the study of various legal and governmental structures in Egypt and the Near East in the period 2600-1100BCE. The research is being conducted at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Further information can be found on the websites of UK Research and Innovation (ukri.org) and the University of Cambridge (cam.ac.uk).

Employment history

Research experience

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Political Economy, King's College London (2023 – present)

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (2019 – present)

Research Fellow, Christ's College, University of Cambridge (2019 – present) 

Bye-Fellow, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge (2018 – 2019)

PhD Fellow, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress (February – August 2017)

Teaching experience

Director of Studies in Archaeology, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge (2023 – present)

Affiliated Lecturer/Supervisor in Egyptian, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge (2015 – present)


PhD in Archaeology (Egyptology) (Robinson College, University of Cambridge, 2019)

MPhil in Egyptology (St. John's College, University of Cambridge, 2015)

BA in Archaeology and Anthropology (Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, 2014)

Outreach websites

Justice in Ancient Egypt (University of Cambridge, 2021): Justice in Ancient Egypt

Egyptian hieroglyphs and grammar for beginners (University of Cambridge, 2021): Egyptology 

How to carry out effective public outreach on ancient history topics (University of Cambridge, 2021): Public Engagement