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Briana Jackson holds a PhD in Egyptian art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Currently, Briana is based in Cairo as a Digital Humanities postdoctoral fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt, and is also the project coordinator for Theban Mapping Project. Her research interests are in Egyptian solar and lunar religion, the Amarna Period, international relations during the second millennium BCE, and archaeogaming. Her current research, which she aims to publish as a book, examines the spread of Atenism throughout Egypt and Sudan, how Aten temples across this space are connected, and what effect the religion had on society. Her archaeogaming interests focus on the representation of state development, urbanization, and power systems in games set in antiquity. Briana is also working for the NYU Ramesses II Temple in Abydos project, helping with publications and website building, and she is engaged with various other digital projects. She has taught courses at New York University, City College New York, Manhattanville College, Pratt Institute, Baruch College, and the University of Hartford on ancient Egypt, Roman history, and art history, and has worked for the IFA-NYU North Abydos Expedition on artifact processing, archiving, and surface collection. Last and most important, she has three cats: Bagheera, Topaz, and Ta-Miu.

Current affiliations



"The Smiting Kiosks on the Royal Boats of Akhenaten and Nefertiti." Brill.

"Decontextualization and Inauthenticity: the (Mis-)Representation of Hermopolis and Elephantine in Assassin’s Creed Origins," in Ancient Egypt in Video Games. De Gruyter.

"State Development and Power Systems in Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar," in Depictions of Power: Strategy and Management Games. Bloomsbury.

Co-authored with Paprocki, Maciej, Alexander Vandewalle, Joel Gordon, Kate Minniti, and David S. Anderson. "Divinity and Imagined Antiquity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe." Thersites.

Co-authored with Kate Minniti. "The roots of the tech tree. City-building games as a learning tool for early urbanization."

In Review

"The Veneration of Amenhotep III and Lunar Cult during the Reign of Akhenaten," in Exalted Spirits: The Veneration of the Dead in Egypt through the Ages. American University in Cairo Press.

In Preparation

"The Voyage to Punt" (details tba)


"Egyptology and Archaeogaming: Exploring and Teaching Egypt through Video Games." International Congress of Egyptologists XIII conference proceedings.


"Akhenaten’s Nubian Campaign." Ancient Warfare Magazine 16.6, 46-49.


"Akhenaten and His Aten Cult in Abydos and Akhmim." In Bonnet, Corinne, Thomas Galoppin, Elodie Guillon, Max Luaces, Asuman Lätzer-Lasar, Sylvain Lebreton, Fabio Porzia, Jörg Rüpke, and Emiliano Rubens Urciuoli (eds.), Naming and Mapping the Gods in the Ancient Mediterranean: Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries. Berlin: De Gruyter, 729-744.


"Aten, the Sole God." Ancient History Magazine 41, 22-25.

"Akhenaten's Temple Program." The Akhenaten Sun 27 no. 2 (2022), 1-14.


The Geographic and Social Spread of Aten Cult throughout Egypt and Sudan (PhD dissertation, New York University)


Obduction: Walkthrough Guide. Morrisville, North Carolina: Lulu Press,


Review: Mary Ann Eaverly. Tan Men/Pale Women: Color and Gender in Archaic Greece and Egypt, a Comparative Approach. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013.


"Universalizing Tendencies and the Exchange of Art and Luxury Goods in the Reigns of Amenhotep III and Akhenaten” (MA thesis, New York University).


Co-authored with Marinatos, Nanno. “The Pseudo-Minoan Nestor Ring and Its Egyptian Iconography.” Journal of Ancient  Egyptian Interconnections. Vol. 3:2 (2011), 6-15.

Podcast and YouTube Interviews


Interview with Owain Williams, Ancient History Podcast

Guest (Part II) on The Reading Party Podcast with Megan Lewis and Lexie Henning

Guest (Part I) on The Reading Party Podcast with Megan Lewis and Lexie Henning


Interview with Michael Granado

Interview with Lexi Henning, Ancient Office Hours Podcast, The Ozymandias Project

Interview with Let's Talk Assassin's Creed


Interview with Dominic Perry, The History of Egypt Podcast


Interview with Megan Lewis, Digital Hammurabi

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