Krystal V. L. Pierce was born in Logan, Utah, and raised in Taylorsville, Utah, but has also lived in California, Idaho, Egypt, and Israel. She received a PhD in Egyptian Archaeology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA and an MA and BA in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley. She has taught classes on Egyptology and ancient Near Eastern studies at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. She has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys at sites in Egypt (El-Hibeh, E29H1, and Karanis) and Israel (Jaffa and Tel Shimron). She is currently the head registrar for the Tel Shimron Excavations in the Galilee region of Israel and chair of the Archaeology of Egypt session at ASOR. Her most recent publications are the co-edited volumes, Excavations at the Seila Pyramid and Fag el-Gamous Cemetery (Brill, 2020) and Approaching Holiness: Exploring the History and Teachings of the Old Testament (RSC/Deseret Book 2021). She and her husband, Prof. George Pierce, have two children and live in Vineyard, UT.
Areas of Research:
Ancient Near East: social, religious, and cultural identities, expatriates and refugees, and personhood and gender
- PhD, Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology , Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
- MA, Egyptian Art and Archaeology , Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2007)
- BA, Egyptian Art and Archaeology , Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2003)