About this website
This website provides background information for Caroline Arbuckle MacLeod. You will find information about her research interests and experience, alongside information about her approach to teaching. These two elements, research and teaching, represent her two passions, and are both equally important for understanding her position as a scholar of ancient Egyptian archaeology and approaches to studying the past. To navigate to these sites, select from the dropdown menus in the navigation bar above.
Caroline (Carrie) Arbuckle MacLeod is an archaeologist who specializes in the study of ancient technologies, carpentry, and wooden objects. Her current research involves the development of coffin construction throughout the pharaonic period of ancient Egypt. She is also frequently involved in Digital Humanities projects, and hosts the website Archaeology in the Digital Age.
Carrie completed her bachelors degree at the University of British Columbia, in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada. She majored in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Ancient History, with a minor in English Literature. She then went to Oxford University to study Egyptology, completing her MPhil at the Oriental Institute in 2013. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and continues to focus on Egypt and its Mediterranean connections.
Carrie is particularly interested in the position of craftspeople in ancient Egypt. She believes that a close examination of coffins and their development throughout time can help demonstrate how craftspeople adapt to changes in the availability of resources, and political and economic shifts. Her research helps to show the impact of large-scale transformations on the lives of private individuals.
Carrie has excavated in Greece and Egypt, and worked as a wood analyst (identifying wood species of objects and fragments based on anatomical characteristics) for the Karanis excavations in Egypt’s Fayum in 2014 and 2015. She has worked on projects for the Mead Museum at Amherst College, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Museo Egizio di Torino in Italy, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Her museum work involves the analysis of wooden objects, particularly coffins. Ongoing projects in Turin and Cairo currently monopolize her time in the field.
When she is not in the field, she is teaching and studying at UCLA. She teaches courses on Egyptian religion, women in the ancient world, the coding of webpages based on Egypt’s Amarna Period, museum studies, and digital archaeology. She is also involved in several digital humanities projects, including the Catalyst Project, headed by Thomas Levy at UCSD. Carrie is fascinated by the advances in archaeology made possible by new technologies, and is sure to include what she learns in the courses she teaches and her website and blog, Archaeology in the Digital Age.
Carrie is always happy and willing to discuss wood, woodworking, ancient technologies, Egypt and Digital Archaeology, so feel free to send her an email using the contact page.