Douglas Inglis

Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2020
Teaching at UChicago since 2021

Douglas Inglis is a maritime archaeologist and specializes in ancient Egyptian watercraft. His research focuses on the entanglements between technology, the environment, and social practice. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Texas A&M (2020), and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (OI) and a research associate of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA).

In 2015-2016, Inglis helped oversee the recording and excavation of a 3rd Dynasty (ca. 2544 BCE) boat-burial that was discovered in the Abusir necropolis by the Czech Institute of Egyptology. The analysis of the boat formed the basis of his dissertation, in which he demonstrated previously overlooked patterns of social and technological transformation by reevaluating the entire corpus of 70 boat-burials from 3rd millennium BCE Egypt.

In addition to the Abusir Boat project, Inglis co-directed the INA Boats and Coffins project (2019), and served as assistant director for both the Warwick Shipwreck Excavation (2011-12) and the Rockley Bay Research Project (2013-16). Inglis is skilled in underwater, drone, and artifact photogrammetry, and in 2015, he co-founded Interactive Heritage LLC, a Hawaii-based cyber-archaeology firm that creates virtual museums and 3D-printed replica artifacts. Interactive Heritage has completed work for Kamehameha Schools, the Tobago House of Assembly, the Bishop Museum, the Petrie Museum, and the Oriental Institute Museum.