Delphine DRIAUX

University of Vienna - Institute of Egyptology

Email delphine.driaux[at]
Project Name Representations and Reality of Poverty in Ancient Egypt
Field of research Egyptology
Keywords Ancient Egypt | Poverty | Material Culture | Archaeology | Social History

Delphine Driaux is an archaeologist and an Egyptologist specialising in urban archaeology and architecture, life conditions and water management in ancient Egypt. Delphine studied Art History and Archaeology at the Université Rennes II Haute-Bretagne before to move to Paris where she gained her Ph.D in Egyptology from the Sorbonne University in 2010. In 2014, she was awarded a Fernand Braudel-IFER Post-Doctoral fellowship to work at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge). Here, she focused on how water and its uses can be a source of social differentiation in the ancient city of Amarna (ca. 1347-1332 BC). From 2016 to 2020, she was a Post-Doc University Research Assistant at the University of Vienna where she has taught Egyptian archaeology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Delphine is also an experienced field archaeologist who works with several international missions in Egypt and in the Sudan. She is currently Deputy Director of the University of Vienna Middle Egypt Project and is in charge of the excavations of the necropolis of el-Sheikh Fadl. In 2021, Delphine was awarded the Elise Richter grant by the FWF and joined the Institute of Egyptology at the University of Vienna where she leads the project «Representations and Reality of Poverty in ancient Egypt». In this research, Delphine adopts a global approach based on an analysis of the archaeological data, systematically crossed-referenced with the textual and iconographic data, to understand better poverty and the poor in ancient Egypt.