Ass. Prof. Dr. Irmgard Hein

Assistant Professor at the Institute for Egyptology

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

Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1190 Vienna

Room: AE.36

Telefon: +43-1-4277-43106
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Academic career


Deputy director of VIAS (Vienna Institute for Archaeological Research) at the faculty of Historical Cultural science.


Guest lecturer Mexico City, Escuela Nacional de Antropologia e Historia a travès del Posgradoen 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, Uppsala University (SE).


Research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK).


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

2000 – 2007

Member of the Commission for Egypt and the Levant at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


Guest lecturer Eötvös Lorand University Budapest.


Tenured. Assistant Professor, Institute for Egyptology, University of Vienna, Austria.

since 1989

Lecturer at the Department of Egyptology at the University of Vienna. 


Scientific assistant at the University of Vienna, Institute for Egyptology.


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

1982 - 1987

Research fellow for the CAA project in the Egyptian collection of “Kunsthistorisches Museum”, Vienna.



Research interests

  • Egyptian archaeology
  • Egyptian art
  • Material culture and technology in Ancient Egypt
  • History of New Kingdom
  • Cultural development of Late Bronze Age in Eastern Mediterranean area
  • Archaeometric Ceramicanalysis and methods
  • Comparative Archaeology



Collaborative research centre SCIEM 2000, FWF F014-S1412, head of research field Cyprus


FWF P18908-N19, The Plain White Wares of Late Bronze Age Cyprus - A multidisciplinary approach in archaeological methods (Kooperation VIAS, und Dept. für Lithosphärenforschung)



Austrian excavation in Tell el-Dab'a, cooperation with ÖAI


EES Survey to Memphis

1993/1994, 1995/1996, 2002-2005

The Treasury of Thutmosis I in Karnak North


Polish Mission at the Hatshesput temple in Deir el-Bahari


Geomagnetic survey in Karnak North

2007, 2008

The British Museum mission at El-Kab


Studies on Egyptian pottery in Hierakonpolis


Spanish Mission in Thebes, TT 11, Tomb of Djehwty


Archive mission for the Egyptian SCA in collaboration with the IFAO, Universität Uppsala, in Karnak-North

Organised conferences/ workshops/ exhibitions


Workshop: The Pyramids between Life & Death, Universität Uppsala


Organization of the workshop: Regionalism in the Middle and Late Cypriot Periods (2nd Millenium B.C.), at the IVth International Cyprological Congress held at Nicosia


Presentation of Archeological methods at the Austrian Sience Week for VIAS


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


Organization of the exhibition "Pharaonen und Fremde" in Vienna"


Organization of the exhibition "25 years of Research. Excavations in Tell el-Dabca, Ancient Avaris" in cooperation with the Austrian Archaeological Institut in Cairo at the Egyptian Museum Cairo.

Selected publications


in Vorb.

(Ed.), The Manual on Cypriot Bichrome Wheelmade Ware - Potters Art in Red and Black.


(gem. mit Peter Jánosi) Tell el-Dab‘a XI. Areal A/V. Späthyksoszeitliche Siedlungsreste aus dem Bereich der nordöstlichen Vorstadt. Wien DÖAW XXV, UZK XXI, Wien 2004.


(gem. mit Helmut Satzinger) Stelen des Mittleren Reiches II, CAA. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Lieferung 7. Mainz, Philipp von Zabern. 1993.


Die Ramessidische Bautätigkeit in Nubien. GOF IV/22. Wiesbaden, Otto Harrassowitz. 1991.


(gem. mit Helmut Satzinger) Stelen des Mittleren Reiches I, CAA Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Lieferung 4. Mainz, Philipp von Zabern. 




gem. mit Biro, K., Buxeda I Garrigos, J., Day, P., Ionescu, C., Kilikoglou, V., Maggetti, M., Waksman, Y. (Guest-Eds.), Ancient Cermacis - Analysis and Components. Special Issue, Journal of Applied Clay Science, Vol, 82, Sept. 2013, Science Direct


gem. mit Kern, Ang., Kowarik, K., Tschegg, C. (Eds.), EMAC 2011, 11th European Meeting on the Ancient Ceramics, Vienna Austria, Abstract Volume, Vienna 2011 (free download: EMAC)


(Hrsg.) The Formation of Cyprus in the 2nd Millennium B.C. Studies in Regionalism during the Middle and Late Bronze Age. DÖAW Vol. LII, CCHEM XX. 2009. Proceedings of a workshop held at the 4th International Cyprological Congress, May 2nd 2008, Lefkosia, Cyprus.


(Hrsg.) The Lustrous Wares of Late Bronze Age Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, Papers of a conference, Vienna 5th – 6th of November 2004. CChEM XIII, Vienna.


(Hrsg.) gem. mit Czerny, E., Hunger, H., Melman, D., Schwab, A., Timelines, Studies in Honour of M. Bietak. 3 Volumes. OLA 149.

in Druck

Potters Art in Red and Black: The Manual on Cypriot Bichrome Wheelmade Ware. CChEM **


Museum catalogs/ contributions


Gaza och Egypten på 1000-talet f.Kr., in: Catalogue: Gaza - Porten mot Havet, Medelhavsmuseet, (Red. S. Häggman). Stockholm 2011. 61-70


Gaza et l’Egypte au IIe millénaire av. J.-C. Catalogue: GAZA, à la croisée des civilisations, Genève, Musée d’art et d’histoire, 72 – 79.


Ρυτο. in: Catalogue: ΚΡΗΤΗ - ΑΙΓΥΠΤΟΣ. Πολιτισμικοι δεσμοι τριων χιλιετιχων. Archaeological Museum Heraklion. 21. November 1999 – 21. September 2000. Heraklion 2000. Ed. By Α. Καρετσου, Μ. Ανδρεαδακη-Βλαδακη. Kat. Nr. 126.


Katalog der Sonderausstellung des Histor. Museums der Stadt Wien (Hg.): Pharaonen und Fremde (6.9. - 25.10.1994, Volkshalle des Wiener Rathauses).


Book chapters


(gem mit. Stidsing, Ranga) Accumulations: Updating the Role of Cypriot Bichrome Ware in Egypt. JAEI Vol. 5, no.3. Sept. 2013, 44-60


« Les importations Palestiniennes provenant de la fouille du trésor de Thutmosis Ier ». In: H. Jacquet, Karnak Nord X, La céramique. Vol 1: Texte. p. 147-180. Vol 2: Figures et planches, Fig. 68-71 et Pl. XVII-XIX. Fouilles de l'IFAO 65.1 et 65.2. Le Caire


(gem mit O. Pedersén, P. Sinclair, and Jakob Andersson) “Cities and Urban Landscapes in the Ancient Near East and Egypt with special focus on the City of Babylon”. In the Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental DYnamics. Edited by P. J.J. Sinclair, G. Nordquis, F. Herschend and C. Isendahl, STudies in Global ARchaeology 1. p. 113-147, Uppsala, Deparment of Archaeology and Ancient History, ISSN 1651-1255. ISBN 978-91-506-2175-4


Articles in journals

im Druck

Cypriot and Aegean Features in New Kingdom Egypt. Cultural elements interpreted from archaeological finds. Proceedings of the 10th International Egyptological congress, Rhodos 2008. (im Druck)


A Contribution from Tell Dab'a/'Ezbet Helmi to the Cyprus Connection at the Turn of the Middle Bronze Age to Late Bronze Age. In: Proceedings of the International Conference "Egypt and Cyprus in Antiquity", Nicosia, 3-6 April 2003. Edited by D. Michaelides, V. Kassianidou, and R. S. Merrillees. Oxbowbooks, Oxford and Oakville. 2009. 29-39.


Tschegg, C., Ntaflos, Th., Hein, I., Integrated geological, petrologic and geochemical approach to establish source material and technology of Late Cypriot Bronze Age Plain White ware ceramics. Journal of Archaeological Science 36 (2009) 1103–1114.


Tschegg, C., Ntaflos, Th., Hein, I., Thermally triggered two-stage reaction of carbonates and clay during ceramic firing – a case study on Bronze Age Cypriot ceramics. Applied Clay Science 43, 69–78.


Tschegg, C., Hein, I., Ntaflos, Th., State of the art multi-analytical geoscientific approach to identify Cypriot Bichrome Wheelmade Ware reproduction in the Eastern Nile delta (Egypt), Journal of Archaeological Science 35, 1134-1147.


“The Significance of the Lustrous Ware Finds from 'Ezbet Helmi/Tell el-Dab'a (Egypt)” in: I. Hein (Ed.) The Lustrous Wares of Late Bronze Age Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, CChEM XIII, Vienna 79 - 106.


Die Fundpositionen zweier syrischer Siegelabformungen aus Tell el-Dab'a“. In: Timelines, Studies in Honour of M. Bietak. (Eds. E. Czerny, I. Hein, H. Hunger, D. Melman, A. Schwab) OLA 149.2, 135-148.


Report on the Workshop: Fine Dating Middle Kingdom Pottery. 24th – 27th of October 2002, Cairo. In: BCE 22, 77 – 81.
Palestinian Imports at Karnak North. In: BCE 22, 49 – 53.


A Rediscovered Ancient Egyptian Offering Stand at Izmir. Epigraphica Anatolica 35, 2003, 125 – 140.


Ein Zylindersiegel mit dem Namen des Nj-m3ct-Rc aus Tell el-Dab'a. In: R.M. Hasitzka/J. Diethart/G. Dembski (Eds.), Das Alte Ägypten und seine Nachbarn (FS Helmut Satzinger), Kremser Wissenschaftliche Reihe 3, Krems. 77 – 86.


Bilanz und Untersuchungen zur Keramik aus 'Ezbet Helmi, speziell Areal H/V. Ä&L 11, 121 – 147.


On Bichrome and Base Ring Ware from Several Excavation Areas at 'Ezbet Helmi. In: The Chronology of Base-Ring and Bichrome Wheel-made Ware. Ed. By P. Aström. KVHAA 54. Stockholm 2001. 231 – 247.


Kerma in Auaris. In: Begegnungen, Festschrift für E. Endesfelder, H. Priese W.F. Reineke und S. Wenig. Eds: C.-B. Arnst, I. Hafemann, A. Lohwasser. Leipzig. 199 – 212.


Bietak, Manfred und Hein, Irmgard, The Context of White Slip Wares in the Stratigraphy of Tell el-Dab'a and some Conclusion on Aegean Chronology. In: V. Karageorghis (Ed.), The White Slip Ware of Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Proceedings of an International Conference. Organized by the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, Nicosia, in Honour of Malcolm Wiener. Nicosia, 29th-30th October 1998. (DÖAW 20), Wien 2001. 174 – 194.


'Ezbet Helmi - Tell el-Dab'a: Chronological Aspects of Pottery. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Egyptology. Cambridge 1995. OLA 82, 1998. 547 – 554.


Mit einem Beitrag von Peter Stadler: Probleme bei der Erfassung von Keramikdaten aus Tell el-Dab'a. Aufbau und Benutzbarkeit des Programmes Input-Machine. Informatique et Égyptologie No. 9, 77 – 82.


Erste Beobachtungen zur Keramik aus 'Ezbet Helmi, Ä&L 4, 25-27.


Überlegungen zur Lage der Felstempel Ramses' II. in Nubien. In: Ägyptische Tempel – Struktur, Funktion und Programm (Akten der Ägyptologischen Tempeltagungen in Gosen 1990 und in Mainz 1992. Hg. R. Gundlach/ M. Rochholz, HÄB 37, 1994, 131 – 135.


Two Excavation Areas from Tell el-Dab'a, Sesto congresso internazionale di egittologia, Atti, Vol. 1, Torino 1992, 249 – 253.


Ein Stelenfragment Ramses' I. ZÄS 116, 1989, 36 – 40.


(gem. mit López P., Lira J.) Recognition of ceramic types using digital image processing by means of morphological filters.




(gem. mit Tschegg C., Ntaflos Th., Mommsen H.) Analyzing an enigmatic vessel: On the track of the Leopard. EMAC Conference London 2009