Dr Huw Twiston Davies is a Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology, and an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. He holds a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, completed in 2018, as well as a BA (2010) and MA (2012) in Egyptology from this University. His teaching at Manchester mainly focuses on the ancient Egyptian language, and ancient Egyptian literature.
From 2018-2021 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he worked on the Dutch Research Council (NWO) funded Vidi-Talent Scheme project, The Walking Dead at Saqqara: The Making of a Cultural Geography. His work on the project focused on the transmission of funerary texts at the site of Saqqara in the New Kingdom, with a particular focus on the Book of the Dead. In 2016-2017, he worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, where he was responsible for management and training of volunteers, social media, visitor services, and collections research, as well as acting as project curator for two exhibitions. He returned to the Garstang Museum in 2022, to assist in efforts to digitise the collection.
His research focuses on the transmission of literary and religious texts in ancient Egypt, focusing mainly on the Middle and New Kingdoms. He is particularly interested in the processes and purposes of literary copying in the New Kingdom, and the role of individual scribes in shaping the texts they copied, which he studies through the research methodology of "material philology". His doctoral thesis focused on the manuscripts of two ancient Egyptian wisdom texts dating to the New Kingdom, the Instruction of Amenemope, and the Instruction of Ani. For his postdoctoral research he broadened this research focus to examine monumental texts found in New Kingdom tombs at Saqqara, publishing on the Harpists' Songs found in Saqqara tombs as well as working on funerary texts and images from the Book of the Dead, and ancient Egyptian mortuary liturgies.
Dr Twiston Davies has been a member of the Leiden-Turin excavation team working at Saqqara since 2019.
- PhD in Egyptology, University of Liverpool (2018)
- MA in Egyptology, University of Liverpool (2012)
- BA in Oriental Studies (Egyptology), University of Liverpool (2010)