Mohamed Osman finished his MA in Egyptian Archaeology in 2008 from Helwan University, the subject was: "Urban Settlements in Ancient Egypt, From Pre-Dynastic Periods to the End of the Third Dynasty". He is finishing his PhD dealing with trade routes and centers in ancient Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the end of the Middle Kingdom. His main interests are archaeology, landscape archaeology and all the attached technological methods such as GIS and landscape photogrammetry. He is also specialized on epigraphical illustrations among other kinds of archaeological modern documentation methods involving professional photography, digital illustrations, and 3D modelling.
He has participated in several training workshops and field schools, as he had a training as a field archaeologist in the DAIK at Elephantine (2009). He has also worked in the analysis and publication Field School in Giza, AERA. He was also RTI training assistant in TOPOI, Freie Universität Berlin and GIS student in the Winter School on Modelling in Landscape Archaeology in Freie Universität.
Since 2003, he has participated in several archaeological missions starting with the Durham University Expedition to Sais between 2003 and 2005. He was excavation supervisor in the SCA Expedition to the Tomb of Shemai from the FIP (Kom El-Koffar, Qift region) between 2003 and 2007, and later he worked as senior archaeologist in the Jebel Barkal Archaeological Mission in Sudan. Also he participated as a photogrammetry specialist and an archaeologist in Qantir Pr-Ramssi project in Qantir-eastern Delta. Recently he is a senior archaeologist responsible for the excavations in the tomb of Ipi in Dier el-Bahari, Western Thebes, Egypt, as part of the Middle Kingdom Theban Project, Alcala University. Mohamed has also participated in several epigraphic surveys, with his most prominent contribution with the NYU Epigraphical Expedition to the temple of Ramseses II at Abydos, directed by Sameh Iskander. He has also work in the SCA–National Project of Documenting Egypt Monuments between 2010 and 2012. He has likewise collaborated in the epigraphic project dealing with the Sokar and Nefertem chapels in the temple of Seti I in Abydos. He also worked as an associate registrar for three years in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Main skills: GIS landscape analysis, Photogrammetry, Epigraphy, manual and digital illustration, professional photography.
The main focuses of the research are
1) define and detect trade routes and trade centers in the region of Upper Egypt
2) Find the relation between the existence and the flourishing of some urban settlements in Upper Egypt and trade routes which used to exist in the region.
The approach used to provide answers of research questions in this topic is depending on a theoretical analytical part, which concerns the economic and settlement composition backgrounds. In addition to the theoretical approaches which are connected to mobility activity and travelling conceptions. The other part, the practical part, is depending on landscape archaeology methodologies. Mainly GIS applications and landscape spatial analysis. Textual ad pictographic evidence forms the main material culture used here to provide the main inputs and to verify the final analysis. Besides other material culture, such as archaeological sites, pottery, and other objects. The project is in its final stages.