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Egyptologist Phil RobinsonI have been interested in Archaeology for as long as I can remember. I was fascinated by past cultures as a child and developed a strong interest in Egyptology and the study of ancient languages. This was in some part due to Derby Museum's Egyptian collection and the Egyptian Mummy "Pypy-iw". I started to learn to read both Ancient Etruscan and Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs at a very early age and spent a lot of time in the local library and museum.

In 1994 I went to the University of Liverpool where I studied Egyptian Archaeology, Egyptian Grammar, and Coptic Language, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Egyptology. Most of my career since then has been in the field of programming and I've specialised in computer graphics and data and text parsing technologies. I currently work in the Computer Telephony industry and create a variety of server-side applications and scripting technologies. This combined interest has led me to be involved in Computers in Archaeology and ever since I've owned a PC I've been exploring methods of storing ancient texts. After a visit to Egypt in the year 2000 I started work on a hieroglyphic word processor called "SignWriter".

Derby Museum MummiesSignWriter was originally designed as a tool for my own personal use, to transcribe ancient Egyptian texts into a standard font. Since then it has been expanded to become the SignWriter project that is detailed on this website. A set of Egyptology Software tools for the study of ancient Egyptian language.

As well as developing the SignWriter tools I am actively involved in several other projects. I'm currently a student at Oxford University (Archaeology), I'm a member of the Council for British Archaeology, the Egypt Exploration Society, and also the International Association of Egyptologists. Finally, I'm involved in transcribing records for the Griffith Institute Archive, who are based at the Sackler Library of Oxford University.

If you have any interest, comments, questions, offers of assistance or just want to say Hi, feel free to contact me at: phil.robinson@egyptologysoftware.com

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