Prof. Orly Goldwasser

Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Honorary Professor University of Göttingen

"Best of BAR" award for 2009-2010

Research and teaching interests:

  • Definition of the role of linguistic registers in New Kingdom texts
  • The classifier system of the Egyptian hieroglyphs and its parallelism to other classification systems in various languages of the world
  • The genesis of the alphabet through the Egyptian hieroglyphs
  • Semiotics of the Egyptian pictorial scripts
  • Socio-Linguistic issues in the grammar of Ramesside Egyptian
  • Hieratic and hieroglyphic inscriptions in Canaan
  • Canaanite-Egyptian relations during the Late Bronze Age

Teachings in other institutes:

  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Boston 2005
  • Professor of "Collège de France", Paris, 2007
  • COLLEGIUM DE LYON c/o ENS Lettres et sciences humaines, 2012
  • Göttingen University


  • Co-editor of the series - Classification and Categorization in Ancient Egypt, Göttinger Orientforschoungen IV. Reihe Ägypten 38 (Harrassowitz Verlag)
  • Vice chair, European COST Action A31 "Stability and Adaptation of Classification Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective" (scientific committees, conferences planning and organization, various lectures)
  • Reviewer, School of Advanced Studies, Princeton
  • Representative of Israel in the International Association for Semiotic Studies