Robert Vigar

Bio

I am an archaeologist whose primary interests are the intersections between cultural heritage, development, and local communities in Egypt. I also have research interests in the social, economic and historical perspectives of the trade in illicit antiquities across the Middle East.

I undertook my undergraduate and graduate degrees at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, concentrating on the archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa. During the final year of his Masters degree I took up a position at the UK government’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, where I subsequently worked for two years before coming to the University of Pennsylvania. 

Education

M.A. Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, UCL 2014

B.A. Egyptian Archaeology, UCL 2011

Research Interests

Cultural heritage; illicit antiquities; cultural property protection, archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa; Arabic; heritage and identity; conflict archaeologies; heritage and localism; social theory

Graduate Status