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My name is R. Gareth Roberts, and from 2010 to 2015 I was the Coordinating Editor of the Online Egyptological Bibliography, based in the Griffith Institute of the University of Oxford. I have also edited numerous articles, theses and books, most notably Forces of Transformation and Decorum and Experience.

I hold five tertiary degrees: a BA (double major: Classics and History) from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; an MA (Egyptology, with distinction) from SACOS (now SACE) of the University of Liverpool, England; a PGDip (Archaeological Practice) from Orkney College of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland; an MSt (Egyptology, with distinction) from the now-withdrawn Greyfriars Hall of the University of Oxford, England; and a DPhil (The Sea Peoples and Egypt) from The Queen’s College of the University of Oxford.

I therefore have considerable experience with higher education, particularly with academic writing in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology, and I offer my services to you.


With experience at all levels of academic writing and editing, I am able to cater to the needs of students, professional academics, or independent scholars, whether you require proofreading, line-editing, or more extensive work.

My speciality is assisting those who write in English, but for whom English is not their first language, use professional, fluid prose.

GIS mapping

I create maps to a professional standard, using QGIS geographic information system (GIS) software.

While I recommend following the conventions used by international news agencies, I can tailor a map to your exact specifications.


As a specialist with EndNote™ software, I am able to create .ens styles to match any publisher's stylesheet.

Five years managing the world's foremost Egyptological bibliography means that I have an exacting eye for detail, and I can ensure that any bibliography is internally consistent.

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