Henry Bishop-Wright

Henry Cosmo Bishop-Wright



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Classics and Ancient History
Department: Classics and Ancient History (formerly Archaeology)

PhD thesis: CHRONOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY AT MEROITIC FARAS. Passed with no corrections 19.10.21.

Henry was a PhD candidate (2018-2021) at the Universities of Exeter and Cardiff sponsored by the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP). He was supervised by Dr Robert Morkot (Exeter) and Professor Paul Nicholson (Cardiff).

His project focussed on the Meroitic cemetery of Faras in Sudanese Nubia. It utilised unpublished excavation records housed in the Oxford Griffith Institute to offer a new chronology of Meroitic Faras. In addition, the thesis considered the wider issue of Meroitic connectivity, both internally (Meroitic "North and South") and externally (Meroe and Ptolemaic-Roman Egypt). 

Henry completed a BA (2016) and an MA (2017) in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. He then spent a year working in commercial archaeology (UCL 2017-18) and enjoyed a short stint in Sudan as a volunteer teacher (spring 2018). Supported by the SWWDTP, he commenced his three-year PhD studentship in September 2018.

After a turbulent period in the Archaeology Department, he found Classics and Ancient history to be a more convivial place of study. It was in this latter department that he completed and submitted his PhD thesis. Following this, he successfully completed his viva in October 2021. He was examined by Professor Martin Pitts (University of Exeter) and Dr Vincent Francigny (CNRS).