Pearce Paul Creasman

About Pearce Paul Creasman

Dr. Pearce Paul Creasman is an archaeologist who specializes in ancient Egypt and Nubia (what is today Sudan), maritime archaeology, and study of the ancient environment. Dr. Creasman is an associate professor based in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, with joint or affiliate appointments in the School of Anthropology, Departments of Classics, Religious Studies, and Arid Lands. He directs the activities of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition, and is author or co-author of 100 scholarly articles and six edited volumes, including Pharaoh’s Land and Beyond: Ancient Egypt and Its Neighbors (Oxford University Press 2017; edited with Prof. R.H. Wilkinson). Prof. Creasman’s research primarily focuses on understanding ancient human and environmental interactions, especially as it relates to the use and acquisition of natural resources, and to life along the Nile River and Red Sea. His current excavations are at the pyramids and royal necropolis of Nuri, Sudan: a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as the cemetery for more than 60 pharaohs and Nubian kings and queens.


Professor Creasman is available to serve on MA/MS and PhD committees, and is the chair of the graduate certificate program in Egyptian archaeology. For more information, see:



Selected Publications

Creasman, P.P. and R.H. Wilkinson (eds). 2017. Pharaoh’s Land and Beyond:  Ancient Egypt and Its Neighbors. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

I. Incordino and P.P. Creasman (eds). 2017. Flora Trade Between Egypt and Africa in Antiquity. Oxford: Oxbow Books & University of Naples “L’Orientale.”

Wilkinson, R.H. and P.P. Creasman (eds). 2016. Ex Terra Scientia: Papers in Honor of David Soren. Tucson: JAEI (ISBN 9781537569741). v & 128 pp.

Creasman, P.P. and R.H. Wilkinson (eds). 2015. Ancient Mediterranean Interconnections: Papers in Honor of Nanno Marinatos. Tucosn: JAEI (ISBN 9780989815222). x & 100 pp.

Creasman, P.P. (ed.) 2013. Archaeological Research in the Valley of the Kings and Ancient Thebes (Wilkinson Egyptology Series I). Tucson: UAEE (ISBN 9780964995819). 393 pp.

Creasman, P.P. (ed.) 2013. Seafaring and Maritime Interconnections: Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections Special Issue (ISBN 9780615857343). 98 pp.

Creasman, P.P. and N. Doyle. 2015. From Pit to Procession: The Diminution of Ritual Boats and the Development of Royal Burial Practices in Pharaonic Egypt. Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 44: 83-101, pl. 8-11.

Creasman, P.P., C.H. Baisan, C. Guiterman. 2015. Dendrochronological Evaluation of Ship Timber from Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA). Dendrochronologia 33.1: 8-15.

Creasman, P.P. 2015. Timbers of Time: Revealing International Economics and Environment in Antiquity. In Crossroads II: There and Back Again. Eds. J. Mynářová, P. Onderka and P. Pavúk. Prague: Charles University Press, 45-58.

Creasman, P.P. 2015. Exposing Ancient Egyptian Shipbuilders’ Secrets, in Egyptology in the Present. Eds. C. Graves-Brown. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 13-38.

Creasman, P.P. 2014. Hatshepsut and the Politics of Punt. African Archaeological Review 31.3: 395-405.           

Creasman, P.P. 2014. Tree Rings and the Chronology of Ancient Egypt. Radiocarbon 56.4 & Tree-Ring Research 70.3: S85-S92.

Creasman, P.P., W.R. Johnson, J.B. McClain, R.H. Wilkinson. 2014. Foundation or Completion? The Status of Pharaoh-Queen Tausret's Temple of Millions of Years. Near Eastern Archaeology 77.4: 274-283.

Manning, S., M.W. Dee, E.M. Wild, C. Bronk Ramsey, K. Bandy, P.P. Creasman, C.B. Griggs, C.L. Pearson, A.J. Shortland and P. Steier. 2014. High-precision dendro-14C dating of two cedar wood sequences from First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom Egypt and a small regional climate-related 14C divergence. Journal of Archaeological Science 46: 401-416.

Creasman, P.P. 2013. Ship Timber and the Reuse of Wood in Ancient Egypt. Journal of Egyptian History 6.2: 152-176.

Creasman, P.P., B. Bannister, R.H. Towner, J.S. Dean, and S.W. Leavitt. 2012. Reflections on the Foundation, Persistence, and Growth of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, circa 1930-1960. Tree-Ring Research 68.2: 81-89.

Creasman, P.P. 2011. Basic Principles and Methods of Dendrochronological Specimen Curation. Tree-Ring Research 67.2: 103-115.

Creasman, P.P. 2010. A Further Investigation of the Cairo Dahshur Boats. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 96: 101-124, pl. II.

Creasman, P.P., Sassen, D., Koepnick, S., and N. Doyle. 2010. Ground-Penetrating Radar Survey at the Pyramid Complex of Senwosret III at Dahshur, Egypt, 2008: Search for the Lost Boat of a Pharaoh. Journal of Archaeological Science 37.3: 516-524.

Courses Taught

Professor Creasman teaches CLAS 150C1 – Pyramids and Mummies (summer online and every other fall), ANTH 160A2 – Ancient Egyptian Civilization (summer online and every other fall), and CLAS/ANTH/MENA 400/500 – Topics of Egyptology (in person each fall). The topic changes each year and has recently included "Ancient Egyptian Religion, Gods, and Goddesses," "The Great Sites of Egypt and Their Archaeological Significance," "Maritime History and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt," and "Valley of the Kings and Ancient Thebes."

He has also developed a graduate-level archaeological field school (GEOS/ANTH/ARH/MENA 597B - Field School in Egyptian Archaeology), as well as a new undergraduate/graduate Study Abroad program "Arizona in Ancient Egypt".

Research Interests

-Maritime life in ancient Egypt

-Egyptian archaeology

-Dendrochronology, specifically dendroarchaeology as applied to ships and boats

-Human/environment interactions

-Ancient Mediterranean interconnections and trade networks

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Contact Information

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Dendrochronology; Director (Egyptian Expedition)
Telephone: 520-621-2414
Office: 403 Bannister Building


Ph.D. in Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University

M.A. in Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University

B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy, University of Maine