Dr. Irmgard Hein

Assistant Professor at the Institute for Egyptology, deputy director of VIAS (Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science)


Academic Curriculum Vitae

2016 - ongoing

Deputy director of VIAS (Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science) at the faculty of Historical Cultural Science


Guest lecturer Mexico City, Escuela Nacional de Antropologia e Historia a travès del Posgrado en arqueologia.

2010 - 2013

Visiting professor for Egyptology, Dept. for Archaeology, Ancient History and Egyptology, University of Uppsala (SE)

2009, 2010

Guest lecturer for Egyptology, Dept. for Archaeology, Ancient History and Egyptology, University of Uppsala (SE)


Research Fellow, Universität Cambridge (UK)

2004 - 2011

Vice director of the Interdisciplinary Research platform VIAS (Vienna Institute for Archaeologcal Research, University Vienna). Scientific analyss of ceramics. Cooperation with the department of Lithospheric studies.

2000 - 2007

Member of the Commission for Egypt and the Levant at the Austrian Academiy of Sciences, ÖAW (Österr. Akademie der Wissenschaften).


Guest lecturer Eötvös Lorand Universität, Budapest.


Tenured Assistant Professor, Institute for Egyptology, University of Vienna

seit 1989

Lecturer at the Department of Egyptology at the University of Vienna

1988 - 1997

Scientific assistant at the University of Vienna, Institute for Egyptology

1982 - 1987

Prae- und Postdoc- Mitarbeiterin am CAA Projekt der Ägyptischen Sammlung im Kunsthistorischen Museum, Wien.


PhD, University of Vienna, Egyptology (topic: Ramesside building activity in Nubia)

1982 - 1987

Research fellow (PraeDocmand Post Doc) for the CAA project (Middle Kingdom Stelae) in the Egyptian collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna

Main Research

• Egyptian Archaeology and Material Culture
• Egyptian Art and Architecture
• Interconnections and cultural development in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Middle and Late Bronze Age
• Archaeological Methods, Archaeometrical analysis of ceramics (Cooperation VIAS and the Dept. of Lithospheric Research)

Research nodes at the faculty: Material Culture, Cultures of the eastern Mediterranean, Digital Humanities.



2013 - ongoing

"Archive Mission Karnak North" (cooperation with IFAO, Kairo)

2006 - 2009

"The Plain White Wares of Late Bronze Age Cyprus - A multidisciplinary approach in archaeological methods" (FWF-Project, P 18908 - N19; collaboration of VIAS and the Dept. of Lithospheres, University Vienna)

until 2004 "Nordzypern im Wandel, von der Agrargemeinschaft zur Industriegesellschaft. Eine sozio-ökonomische Untersuchung am Friedhofsmaterial von Lapithos" (Jubiläumsfonds Project 8562)

1999 - 2011

Sonderforschungsbereich SCIEM 2000, Head of the research area Cyprus (FWF-Projekt, S1412).

Co-Director Projekt First Appearances 2002 - 2005 (FWF-Projekt, S1403)




Stipendium, Berlin-Brandenburg. Akademie der Wissenschaften, DDR, Zentralinstitut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde, Wörterbuch der Ägyptischen Sprache


Stipendium der VAR Ägypten: Studien an Stelen des Mittleren und Neuen Reichs im Ägyptischen Museum Kairo


Fieldwork / Excavations


since 2013


Director of the Karnak North archive-mission Collaboration with the IFAO (Institut français d'archéologie orientale, Le Caire)

Tell el-Dab'a

1988 - 2009 and 2015 - ongoing


area director and material studies (especially 'Ezbet Helmi). Cooperation partner of the Austrian Archaeological Institute

Karnak North



Geomagnetic survey at Karnak-North (S.A. Ashton, Cambridge).


1993/94, 1995/96 und 2002 - 2005


"Treasury of Thutmosis I." (IFAO, Director J. Jacquet, Collaboration with H. Jacquet-Gordon)

Theban Tombs



Spanish Mission in Thebes, TT 11, Tomb of Djehwty (Leitung J. Galan)


2007 und 2008


British Museum Mission (Director V. Davies)




Hierakonpolis Expedition (Director R. Friedman)

Deir el-Bahari



Polish-Egyptian Mission, Hatschepsut temple (Director Z. Szafranski)




EES Survey to Memphis


Organisation of Conferences, Workshops & Exhibitions


Coorganiser of the SÄK (Ständige Ägyptologenkonferenz), University of Vienna July 15-17th 2016


- One day Workshop: Dams, Developments and Discourses in Sudan. Thursday 22nd of November. (Cooperation: Department of Archaeology and Forum for African Studies, University Uppsala and the Nordic Africa Institute).


- International Workshop: The Pyramids: BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, 31st of May-1st of June 2012. University of Uppsala. (Collaboration Dept. of Archaeology and Dept. of Theology)


Organisation of the 11. EMAC 2011 Conference (European Meeting of Ancients Ceramics), September 30th - October 1st 2011, Vienna, Austria (http://emac2011.univie.ac.at/), Cooperation VIAS with the Museum of Natural History Vienna, and the Dept. for Lithospheres, Univ. Vienna


Sweden, Uppsala: Rescue Nubia: 1961-1964; 50-years Anniversary of the Scandinavian Joint Expedition to Sudanese Nubia. Documentary exhibition about the work of the SJE in Nubia.

Organisation of the NUBIAN DAY, November 12th, Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala, with invited Speakers.


Workshop: Regionalism in the Middle and Late Cypriot Periods, (2nd Millenium B.C.), IVth International Cyprological Congress held at Nicosia, 29th April - 3rd May, 2008.


Presentation of Archaeological methods at the Austrian Science Week, Vienna for VIAS


Organisation of the conference "The Lustrous-wheel-made-Wares of LB Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean".


Organisation of the exhibition: "Pharaonen und Fremde", Volkshalle Rathaus Wien. 6.9. - 25.10.1994.


Organisation of the exhibition "25 Years of Research. Excavations in Tell el-Dab'a , Ancient Avaris" by the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Cairo held at the Egyptian Museum Cairo.


Session chairs (last 5 years)


ICAANE Vienna: Archaeology of Religion and Ritual. 25th - 29th April.


EMAC Athens, 24th-26th September, Session: From pottery technologies to trade.


YEC Congress of Young Egyptologists, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.


EMAC Padua, 19th-21st September, Session: Technology and Provenance.


Uppsala: International Workshop: The Pyramids: THE PYRAMIDS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, 31st of May-1st of June 2012.


Expert activities/peer reviews

DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
SNF Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
Journals: Egypt and the Levant; Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of Archaeological Science - Reports, Levant.


Conference Presentation (last 10 years)


- "The Second Intermediate Period at Karnak North". Workshop: Second Intermediate Period Assemblages (Wien, ÖAW, OREA)


10th ICAANE Conference, Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 3 lectures:.


- "The Frame of Late Bronze Age Cyprus and Egypt" (Workshop: Cyprus the connected Island: Cyprus from the Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age).


- Investigation of materials from 'Ezbet Helmi . (Workshop: 50 Years at Tell el Dab'a and a Kick off for the ERC Advanced Grant "The Hyksos Enigma".)


- F. Blakolmer/I. Hein, "A special Procession in Minoan Crete as a ritual of Rulership? A comparative view from Egypt."


International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence, August 23-30th, I. Hein, P. Lopez, G. d'Ercole, "Ceramic Research through digital image analysis".


- EMAC Athens, September 24-26th, P.A. Lopez, I. Hein, M. Ornelas, A. Rojas, R. Santiago Montero, D. Argote, G. D'Ercole, "Pattern recognition with Gabor filter and K-nearest neighbour algorithm applied to archaeological ceramic materials".


- Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna: "Zur Fundposition der Wandmalereien aus Tell el-Daba." OREA-Workshop: Wandmalereien aus Tell el Daba. Invited speaker. 4.12. 2014


- Vienna, Austria: "Second thoughts on Cypriot pottery finds in Egypt". Invited speaker. Workshop: Khyan and the Hyksos. Austrian Archaeological Institute. Vienna.


- Münster: "Grundlagen der Theorie zu ägyptischer Keramik. Keramik "Klassifikation", Typologie und Fabrics. Analysemethoden. Keynote Speaker. Mai 21-25.


- Warschau: "Egypt and Cyprus" Glimpses from the Late Bronze Age. Conference: Delta and Sinai: Current Research: April 25th - 27th, 2013. Department of Egyptian and Nubian Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Invited speaker.


- Barcelona: M. Kohtamäki, I. Hein, A. Ekblom, P. Sinclair, "Testing the potential of field-methods for pottery analyses - A case study on the Chibuene assemblage, southern Mozambique." Global Pottery Konferenz, 1st international Congress on Historical Archaeology and Archaeometry for Societies in Contact. May 7-9, 2012.


- Vienna: I. Hein, P. Lopez Garcia, D. Argote Espino, C. Tschegg: "The Use of Digital image processing for the recognition of ancient Egyptian Ceramics". Conference: Vienna II: Ancient Egyptian Ceramics in the 21st Century. May 14th - 19th.


- Uppsala: "The dam-situation in Sudan." Workshop: Dams, Developments and Discourses in Sudan. 22. November.


- Vienna, Austria: P. López, J. Lira, I. Hein, D. Argote, P. Fournier, S. Sánchez, C. Tschegg, "Recognition of Ceramic Types using Digital Image Processing by Means of Morphological filters". Conference: EMAC 2011, (European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics), Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st.


- Uppsala: "The Pharaonic Impact on Nubia". Nubian Day, Uppsala: 12. November.


- Discriminant analysis of Egyptian Metallic Ware and Late Cypriot Bronze Age wares (ICASEMNE Konferenz, Nicosia).


- Cambridge, "Reproduction in Ancient Egypt: Why imitate imports?" Workshop: Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context. Conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, July 24 -25th.


- Salzburg: I. Hein, C. Tschegg, Th. Ntaflos: "Luxurious Replicas from Ancient Egypt". Erster Österr. Archäometriekongress, MMIX.


- Uppsala, Schweden: "On the track of the Leopard: Analyzing the traces of a luxurious vessel". (invited lecture, April 2009).


- London, UK, EMAC (European Meeting of Ancient Ceramics): I. Hein, C. Tschegg, T. Ntaflos, H. Mommsen, Analyzing an enigmatic vessel: On the track of the Leopard. (POSTER).


- Rhodos, Greece: Cypriot and Aegean features in New Kingdom Egypt. Cultural elements interpreted from archaeological finds. 11th International congress of Egyptology. May 2008.


- Lefkosia, Cyprus, Regionalism in Cyprus during the Middle and the Late Bronze Age. Introduction. Workshop on Regionalism in Cyprus. Introductory lecture


- Budapest, Bichrome Wheelmade Ware: Origin and Reproduction (together with C. Tschegg, Th. Ntaflos). EMAC (European Meeting of Ancient Ceramics).


- Vienna, Universität Wien, Workshop für Studienprogramme: Der ägyptische Tempel.


- Langenlois, Austria, SCIEM 2000 Workshop, "Results of the Cyprus Project".