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Ramadan Badry Hussein

The IAE extends their condolences to the loved ones of Dr. Ramadan Badry Hussein and the entire Egyptological community for the loss of such an exceptional scholar. Dr. Hussein was one of the kindest, most knowledgeable, and most charismatic Egyptologists. The Brown University alumnus was renowned for reaching out to both the academic and public communities with his research work. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow from 2013-2015 at the University of Tübingen, before holding the title of Associate Profession of Egyptology at the Institute of Near Eastern Studies at Tübingen. His work as Director of the Saqqara Saite Tombs Project, which began in 2015, received a grant from the German Research Organization. He discovered the first mummification workshop of Dynasty 26-27. It was voted as one of the world’s Top 10 Discoveries by the Scientific Editorial Board of Archaeology Magazine of the American Institute of Archaeology in 2018, and the Top 10 Discoveries in the decade of 2010-2020. The National Geographic Channel has produced a series of four documentary films on his excavation and discoveries at Saqqara in 2019, which were broadcast in May 2020. Dr. Hussein was a giving and supportive scholar who sponsored, trained and educated many students both in Germany and Egypt into multidisciplinary approaches in Egyptian archaeology. He will be remembered for his amazing work and his pure soul. May he rest in peace and may his family, friends, students, and colleagues find solace.

Maryan Ragheb (UCLA)