The Egyptologist, Dr. Angelika Lohwasser, of Freie Universität Berlin is one of six junior researchers to be awarded a Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize of 16,000 euros. The jury praised her as an outstanding researcher in Sudan archaeology. She has given a new impetus to the field and has developed pioneering methods. The prize is presented annually by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education. The prize is intended to assist young researchers in furthering their scholarly careers.
The jury went on to state that Lohwasser analyzes artefacts with a well-founded specialized basis as well as using an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. With her strong sociological background, she has brought about a new methodology to the discipline, without losing sight of the traditional field of Egyptology. Further, she has also turned to innovative topics, such as the role of women in the Kingdom of Kush.
This year's Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize will be awarded on June 4 in Bonn.