Lawrence Owens is a bioarchaeologist, focusing on human remains in ancient populations. He has worked on excavations and human remains in Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East since 1993, and is currently director and lead bioarchaeologist for the Kafr Hassan Dawood archaeological project in Northern Egypt. He was educated at the Universities of Durham (B.A. 1996), Liverpool (M.Sc. 1998) and University College London (Ph.D. 2004), and is currently postdoctoral researcher at the University of Winchester, and affiliate researcher at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has specific research interests in funerary archaeology, trauma analysis, palaeopathology, dental anthropology and historical forensics.
He lives and works in London.
Janet Johnstone is an archaeologist and Egyptologist with a specialism in ancient Egyptian clothing design and interpretation. In a career spanning thirty years she has completed a Diploma in Archaeology (1993), a BA in Egyptian Archaeology (1996), and an MA in Archaeology (1999) from the University of London, and is a trustee of the Friends of the Petrie Museum (PMF) and the Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation (ECHO). She is currently involved in outreach, fundraising and development for the PMF, and was the primary force behind the development of REACH following the untimely passing of her friend and colleague Dr Geoffrey Tassie (1959-2019). She lives and works in London.
Aloisia de Trafford is an archaeologist and Egyptologist. She studied at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL), receiving a BA and MA before completing her Ph.D. in Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts in 2007. She has carried out extensive fieldwork in Malta, Italy, Syria and Egypt, notably on the Giza Plateau, Saqqara and Kafr Hassan Dawood. She has also served as editor of Papers from the Institute of Archaeology and African Archaeological Review. She has been involved with the Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation (ECHO) since its inception, and co-edited two volumes of ECHO conference proceedings concerned with Egyptian cultural heritage management (2009/2015). She is currently based in Italy.
Geoffrey J. Tassie, Ph.D. – better known as Tass – was a long-term colleague and friend of Janet, Aloisia and Lawrence, and is the inspiration behind REACH. Tass worked for many years in London before finding his Egyptological vocation and undertaking a Diploma (1992), BA (1995), MA (1997) and Ph.D. (2009) at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. While specialising in palaeoethnotrichology – a term he coined – Tass worked on Egyptian sites dating from the Middle Palaeolithic right the way through to the Roman period, and wrote extensively while teaching and researching at the Freie Universität Berlin, The Institute of Archaeology (UCL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Winchester. Shortly before his untimely passing, he landed his dream job as curator at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Cairo.
Tass wrote about ancient Egyptian hairstyles, art, tattooing, architecture, technology, settlement and cultural heritage, and edited and coauthored several volumes under the aegis of the Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organisation (ECHO), which he co-founded in the 1990s. He was particularly concerned that information concerning Egypt’s rich history should be easy both to disseminate and to access, which led him to suggest a regular journal connected to ECHO. Marked by the eccentricity that characterises many Egyptologists, Tass was never able to find the time to organise the journal; therefore it is in his memory – and in commemoration of his numerous professional achievements and personal qualities – that the current editorial board have undertaken to make it possible.