Dr. Geoffrey Killen

Dr. Geoffrey Killen

Geoffrey Killen is a leading ancient furniture historian, technologist and Egyptologist who studied Design and Technology at Shoreditch College, University of London and the University of Liverpool, where he specialised in Ramesside woodworking. He has studied the collections of Egyptian furniture at most of the major museums including the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo, and is the author of several major books and numerous papers. He has also led in the field of experimental archaeology where making and using replica woodworking tools and equipment has generated and tested archaeological hypotheses. His practical work is now displayed together with those original artefacts in several British museums.

Ancient Egyptian Woodworking

The tools and processes developed by the Egyptian carpenter.

Egyptian carpenters used a wide range of tools, techniques and processes to create products that were manufactured to serve the needs of Egyptian society. Egyptians exploited all the products of the tree, its wood for constructional work, leaves for fodder, basketry and matting. Locally sourced woods were used from an early period but the variable quality of these timbers led Egyptians to venture beyond their borders to source better quality material.