Kenneth E. Wray Chair in the Humanities
Department Chair & Professor of History
Director of Archaeology
Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Late Antiquity, Byzantium
Hollenbeck Hall 303
Professor Home Page: https://brookshedstrom.academia.edu/
2017 Publication from Cambridge University Press: The Monastic Landscape of Late Antique Egypt: An Archaeological Reconstruction
- 2015 Collegium Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching
- 2015 Residential Summer Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University
- Ph.D. Miami University
- M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School
- B.A. Wheaton College
Field Notes and News
- Nearby Archaeology at Wittenberg University (2013)
- Hands-On History at Wittenberg (2013)
- Students Dig into Witt's History (2013)
- Yale Monastic Archaeology Project-North (John the Little's Monastery in Wadi Natrun)
- Digging into King Tut's Ancestry (2010)
- Fulbright Scholar (2007)
- Interim Field Report for Excavations at the White Monastery (2007)
- Yale Monastic Archaeology Project-South (White Monastery) (2005-2008)
- Digging into Monastic History (2006)
- NEH Collaborative Research Grant for Excavations at the White Monastery (2005)
- Excavations at the Geiger House at Wittenberg University (2005)
- Excavations at the Underground Railroad Gammon House, Springfield, OH (2004)
Select Publications: Book Chapters
- "The Afterlife of Sherds: Architectural Reuse Strategies at the Monastery of John the Little, Wadi Natrun," in Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context, eds. Bettina Bader and Mary Ownby (Leuven: Peeters, 2012), 307-326. Co-authored with G. Pyke.
- "Architecture of the Coptic Church" in Churches of Egypt, ed. Gawdat Gabra and Gertrud van Loon (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2007; paperback 2012), 19-27.
- "Divine Architects: Designing the Monastic Dwelling Place," in Egypt in the Byzantine World, 450-700, ed. Roger Bagnall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2010), 368-389.
- "Models of Seeing and Reading Monastic Archaeology," Cistercian Studies Quarterly 48.3 (2013): 299-315.
- "Treading on Antiquity: Anglo-American Missionaries and the Religious Landscape of Nineteenth-Century Coptic Egypt," Material Religion 8.2 (2012): 127-152.
- "New Archaeology at Ancient Scetis: Surveys and Initial Excavations at the Monastery of St. John the Little in Wadi al-Natrun: Yale Monastic Archaeology Project," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 64 (2010): 217-228. Co-authored with S. Davis, T. Herbich. S. Ikram, D. McCormack, M.-D. Nenna and G. Pyke
- "Second Report on the Excavation of the SCA in the Area of the Monastery of Shenute at Suhag," Peter Grossmann, and contribution on "Ceramic Survey," Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 63 (2009): 167-219.
- "The Geography of the Monastic Cell in Early Egyptian Monastic Literature," Church History 78.4 (2009): 1-36.
- "A Geophysical Survey of Ancient Pherme: Magnetic Prospection at an Early Christian Monastic Site in the Egyptian Delta," Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 43 (2007): 129-37. Co-authored with T. Herbich and S. Davis.
- "An Archaeological Mission for the White Monastery," Coptica 4 (2005): 1-26.
- "The Excavation in the Monastery of Apa Shenute (Dayr Anba Shinuda) at Suhag," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 58 (2004): 371-382. Co-authors Mohamed Abdal-Rassul, Peter Grossmann and Elizabeth S. Bolman
- Ancient Mediterranean Worlds
- Archaeological Field Methods
- Archaeology of the Near East
- Arrian, Alexander and the Archaeology of Conquest
- Athleticism and Sexuality in Antiquity
- Byzantium: The Mediterranean World
- Excavating Egypt's History: The Amarna Period
- Early Islamic History
- Great Mongol Khans
- Greek Archaeology
- Herodotus and the Greeks
- Holy Antique Women! Byzantine Female Hagiography
- Introduction to Archaeology
- Late Antiquity
- Martyred Bodies in Late Antiquity
- Modern Middle East
- Mummies, Myths and Monuments of Ancient Egypt
- Nomadic Archaeology of Asia
- Premodern World History
- Silk Road Empires
- Senior Thesis
- Seminar in History Travel in the Ancient World
- 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar to Egypt
- 2007 and 2006 Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant in Byzantine Studies for the White Monastery Federation Project
- 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant for the White Monastery Federation Project with Elizabeth Bolman, Principal Investigator
- 2003 Freeman Grant for Travel to Japan and Course Development
- 2003 Faculty Research Fund Board, Wittenberg University
- 2001-03 Faculty Development Board, Personal Enrichment Grant
- 2002 NEH Summer Institute, Eurasian History, Harvard University
- 2000 Erasmus Institute Summer Seminar in History, University of Notre Dame
- 1998-1999 USIA Fellow, American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, EGYPT
She is currently working on three book projects, Feeding Asceticism: The Archaeology of Monastic Cooking in the Byzantine East (with Arc Humanities Press); The Desert Fathers for the Past Imperfect series at Arc Humanities; and The Archaeology of an Early Medieval Residence at the Monastery of John the Little (Yale Egyptological Series). After nearly ten years of fieldwork, Dr. Brooks Hedstrom is preparing a volume on a 25-roomed residence from the ninth and tenth centuries for the Yale Monastery Archaeology Project North as the Senior Archaeological Consultant.