ECHO@e-c-h-o.org
 
Geoffrey J. Tassie (gtassie@hotmail.com)

Contents:

  Key Qualifications
  Education
  Academic Interests
  Fieldwork and Research Projects
  Professional Services
  Teaching
  Publications
  Radio and Television Work
Key Qualifications Contents >
G. J. Tassie has over 15 years experience in the field of archaeology. He is currently a Ph.D candidate at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, one of the most prestigious centres for cultural heritage management and archaeological field methodology in Europe. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation (ECHO). In addition to writing over 20 publications, G. J. Tassie has devoted his time over the last 5 years to tackling issues of cultural heritage management. In 2001, he contributed to A Strategic Approach to Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management (report sponsored by UNESCO WHC and UNDP). He is currently participating in the development of an action plan for the management of the sites of the St. Katherine Monastery area, recently declared a World Heritage Site, the cultural heritage component of an Explorer’s visitor center in the Red Sea Governorate, Egypt and creating the Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs) database linked to a Geographic Information System (GIS) recording the Holocene archaeological sites in an Anglo-Egyptian project titled: Environmental Change and History of Water management in the Faiyum Depression (Egypt): During the Holocene. G. J. Tassie is also very concerned with the media portrayal of ancient Egypt and has consulted with the BBC on recent Timewatch programmes focusing on ancient Egypt. He is very concerned with the accurate portrayal of ancient Egyptians, and uses his 25 years of knowledge working in the hairstyling industry to recreate accurate accounts of styling of the ancient Egyptians both on screen and in print.

G. J. Tassie is a keen fieldworker who has participated and is still engaged in numerous expeditions in Europe (Beddingham Roman Villa), the Near East (Tell Jezreel) and Egypt, (Kafr Hassan Dawood, South Sinai and Faiyum). He has a wide scope of knowledge on various aspects of archaeological fieldwork including excavation methodology, surveying techniques, environmental and biological archaeology, archaeological draughting, epigraphy and photography. His concern with standards in archaeological fieldwork is shown with his writing and forthcoming publication of the benchmark book the Standards of Archaeological Excavation: Methodology, Recording Techniques and Conventions, ECHO Field Handbook 1, a book he devised with Professor F. A. Hassan to help young Egyptian archaeologists understand the standards, methods and techniques used in modern field archaeology.
Education Contents >
2004PH.D. CANDIDATEEgyptian Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
1997MAArchaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
1995BA HONOURSEgyptian Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL.
1992DiplomaArchaeology, Birkbeck College, London
Academic Interests Contents >
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Origins of Civilization and State Societies, Especially Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt
  • Excavation Methodology
  • Settlement and Mortuary Archaeology, Particularly in the Nile Delta
  • Cultural Dynamics
  • Egyptian Hair, Hairstyles and Body Decoration
  • Egyptian Inter-regional Contacts
  • Environmental Change
  • Egyptian Ethnicity and Identity
  • Egyptian Eroticism
  • Fieldwork and Research Projects Contents >
    2003Faiyum Geographical and Archaeological Survey of Palaeolithic to Coptic sites (Surveyor)
    2002Kafr Hassan Dawood Project Analysis and Report writing (Coordinator)
    2000Archaeological Survey of St. Katherine Protectorate, EEAA.
    1999Kafr, Hassan Dawood Project (Site Supervisor)
    1998/1999UNESCO World Heritage Centre Training Course, Egypt (Site Supervisor/Trainer)
    1998Kafr Hassan Dawood Project (Site Supervisor)
    1996Kafr Hassan Dawood Project (Site Supervisor)
    1995Kafr Hassan Dawood Project (Area Supervisor)
    1995Tell Jezreel Project, Levant (Supervisor)
    1994Tell Jezreel Project, Levant (Supervisor)
    1993Tell Jezreel Project, Levant (Supervisor)
    1992Beddingham Roman Villa Project, Sussex, England (Excavator)
    Professional Services Contents >
  • Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation (ECHO) - Managing Director
  • Per Nefer (Hair, Beauty and Clothing Consultants) - Director
  • Teaching Contents >
    2001School of Oriental and African Studies, London University - Tutor for Theory and Method in the Study of Asian and African Art & Archaeology.
    Publications Contents >
    Books:
    Tassie, G.J. & Owens, L.S.
      In Press.Standards of Archaeological Excavation: Methodology, Recording Techniques and Conventions: Field Handbook. London & Oxford, ECHO Publications & BAR.
    Hassan, F. A., Tassie, G.J., Tucker, T.L., Rowland, J.M. & van Wetering, J.
      In Prep.Kafr Hassan Dawood: The late Predynastic to Early Dynastic cemetery in the East Delta, Egypt. Vol. 1.
      In Prep.Kafr Hassan Dawood: The late Predynastic to Early Dynastic cemetery in the East Delta, Egypt. Vol. 2.
      In Prep.Kafr Hassan Dawood: The late Predynastic to Early Dynastic cemetery in the East Delta, Egypt. Vol. 3.
      In Prep.Kafr Hassan Dawood: The late Predynastic to Early Dynastic cemetery in the East Delta, Egypt. Vol. 4.
      In Prep.Kafr Hassan Dawood: The Late Period to Ptolemaic site in the East Delta, Egypt. Vol. 5.
    Articles, Reviews and Reports:
    Tassie, G. J., Rowland, J.M. & van Wetering, J.
      In Prep.The socio-political landscape & economic interaction of Egypt during the late 4th Millennium and early 3rd Millennium BCE: state formation from a Delta perspective.
    Keatings, K., Tassie, G. J., Flower, R.J., Hassan, F.A., Hamden, M.A.R., Hughes, M., Leng, M. & Arrowsmith, C.
      In Prep.The Hawara Pyramid: current status and initial examination of ground-water changes at this Middle Kingdom monument of the Twelfth Dynasty.
    Hassan, F.A., Jimenez-Serrano, A. & Tassie, G. J.
      In Prep.The chronology of the Protodynastic and Dynasty I.
    Tassie, G. J.
      Forthcoming.Petrie lived here. Friends of the Petrie Museum Magazine 30.
      Forthcoming.Single mother goddesses and divine kingship: the sidelock of youth and the maternal bond, in Proceedings of the 6th Conference of Current Research in Egyptology, Cambridge. Oxford, BAR.
      Forthcoming.The Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation (ECHO). Discoverer 1.
      Forthcoming.Egyptian cultural heritage management. Discoverer 1.
      Forthcoming.Sites and Monuments Records (SMRs) and cultural heritage management (CHM), in F.A. Hassan, J. van Wetering & G.J. Tassie (eds.) Managing Egypt's Cultural Heritage: Proceedings of the First Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation Conference on: Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management. Cairo: ECHO Publications.
    Swift, N. & Tassie, G.J.
      Forthcoming.Creating perfect paperwork; creating Egyptian archaeological archives, in F.A. Hassan, J. van Wetering & G.J. Tassie (eds.) Managing Egypt's Cultural Heritage: Proceedings of the First Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation Conference on: Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management. Cairo: ECHO Publications.
    Owens, L.S., Tucker, T.L., Hassan, F.A. & Tassie, G.J.
      Forthcoming.Management of early Egyptian remains, in F.A. Hassan, J. van Wetering & G.J. Tassie (eds.) Managing Egypt's Cultural Heritage: Proceedings of the First Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation Conference on: Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management. Cairo: ECHO Publications.
    Tassie, G. J. & Johnstone, J.M.
      Forthcoming.Orientalism and Egyptian Dancing, Ancient Egypt.
    Tassie, G. J.
      In Press.People and technology used in creating ancient Egyptian hairstyles and wigs, in H. Selin (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
      In Press.Hairstyling technology and techniques used in ancient Egypt, in H. Selin (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
      In Press.The alchemy used by ancient Egyptian hairstylists, in H. Selin (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
      In Press.Egyptian cultural heritage: Let's work together, in N. Finneran & A. Reid (eds.) Proceedings of the African Cultural Heritage Conference. Oxford, BAR.
      In Press.Single-Context Recording in the context of archaeological fieldwork in Egypt, part one, in R. Dunn (ed.) Proceedings of Current Research in Egyptology V. Oxford, BAR.
      In Press.Have we dug ourselves into a hole? Reappraising excavation methodology and approaches in Egyptian archaeology (part two): Kafr Hassan Dawood, a case study, in Proceedings LXe Congres International des Egyptologues, Leuven.
    Hassan, F.A. & Tassie, G. J.
      2004.The 'lost' pyramid of the Faiyum, Friends of the Petrie Museum Magazine 29: 6.
    Tassie, G. J. & Owens, L.S.
      2004.Nefertiti, lost found and lost, Ancient Egypt 4(4): 11-13.
    Hassan, F. A., Tassie, G. J., Tucker, T. L., Rowland, J. M. & van Wetering J. F. L.
      2003(4).Social dynamics at the late Predynastic to Early Dynastic site of Kafr Hassan Dawood, East Delta, Egypt, Archeo-Nil 13: 37-45.
    G.J. Tassie
      2003.Identifying the Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt and Nubia, PIA 14: 85-101.
    van Wetering, J. & Tassie, G. J.
      2003.Social-Political hierarchy of First Dynasty sites: A ranking of East Delta cemeteries based on grave architecture, in A.K. Eyma & C.J. Bennett, A Delta-Man in Yebu. Occasional Volume of the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum, No. 1. USA. Universal Publishers: 123-146.
    Tassie, G. J. & van Wetering, J. F. L.
      2003.Early cemeteries of the East Delta: Kafr Hassan Dawood, Minshat Abu Omar, and Tell Ibrahim Awad, in Z. Hawass & L. Pinch Brook (eds.) Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo 2000, Volume 1 Archaeology. Cairo, Supreme Council of Antiquities / American University in Cairo Press: 499-507.
    Tassie, G. J.
      2002.Ancient Egyptian wigs in the Cairo and other museums, in M. Eldamaty & M. Trad (eds.) Egyptian Museum Collections around the World, Volume Two. Cairo, Supreme Council of Antiquities / AUC Press: 1141-1153.
    Tassie, G. J.
      2001.The documentation of cultural heritage in Egypt and other countries, in F. A. Hassan (ed.) A Strategic Approach to Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management. Cairo, (report sponsored by UNESCO WHC and UNDP): 26-42.
      2001.Toward a strategy for documentation and registration of Egyptian cultural heritage, in F. A. Hassan (ed.) A Strategic Approach to Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management. Cairo, (report sponsored by UNESCO WHC and UNDP): 43-58.
    Monson, A, Tassie, G. J. & Piquette, K.
      2001.”Encounters with ancient Egypt," Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 16-18 December 2000, PIA 12: 133-8.
    Tassie, G. J.
      2000.Bulls, hair and the teknu: An enigmatic Egyptian custom revisited (burial of the black hairs), PIA 11: 27-46.
    Tassie, G. J., Rowland, J. M. & De Trafford, A.
      2000.Review of the 8th International Congress of Egyptologists, PIA 11: 98-109.
    Mower, J. & Tassie, G. J.
      2000.Egyptian Human Remains: Retrieval, Conservation and Analysis: A Conference held at Qantara, Egypt, 25th-27th April 2000, PIA 11: 116-24.
    Hassan, F. A. et. al.
      2000.Kafr Hassan Dawood: A late Predynastic to Early Dynastic site in the East Delta, Egypt, Egyptian Archaeology 16: 37-9.
    Tassie, G. J.
      1997.Digging Diary: Kafr Hassan Dawood, Egypt, PIA 8: 73-4.
    Tassie, G. J.
      1996.Hair-offerings: an enigmatic Egyptian custom, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA) 7: 59-67.
    Radio and Television Work Contents >
  • Interviewed about the origins of the ancient Egyptians on the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4: 7th October 2000
  • Egyptological and hair consultant for the BBC's Timewatch: 'Nefertiti & Akhenaten', screened on 6th September 2002.
  • Egyptological consultant, actor for the BBC/Discovery Channel's The Pyramids, screened October 2002.
  • Egyptological and hair consultant for the BBC's Timewatch: 'Ramesses III - The Harem Conspiracy', screened December 2002.
  • Consultant in hair and clothing for Wall-to-Wall for their forthcoming programme 'Cleopatra and Antony'.