• Andrea Hasznos, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung

Her passion for the Coptic language led Andrea Hasznos to Berlin. The Brain City Ambassador identifies and locates ancient Egyptian – Coptic, to be precise –  manuscript fragments in the Papyrus Collection of the Egyptian Museum (Papyrussammlung des Ägyptischen Museums) in Berlin-Mitte. She is looking after and preserving cultural heritage.

"The excitement of discovery" makes her work particularly exciting for Andrea Hasznos. "And the fact that we are looking after and preserving cultural heritage. That we can keep it alive and show it to people who normally only interact with the 'modern world'." Andrea Hasznos comes from Budapest. Her passion for the Coptic language brought her to Berlin. "I was offered the fantastic opportunity to work on Coptic material for the Papyrus Collection of the Egyptian Museum (Papyrussammlung des Ägyptischen Museums) Berlin. I just couldn't say no to that."

The number of museums with permanent and temporary exhibitions, the lot of vernissages and finissages, the conferences and workshops, lectures, scholarly debates and the countless projects all make Berlin a fantastically vivid and productive scientific and scholarly environment.

The Egyptologist/Coptologist particularly enjoys working on unidentified and neglected ostraca (clay or limestone fragments) or papyri, where in many cases very interesting and valuable texts are hiding. “I study texts written in the last phase and variety of the ancient Egyptian language, Coptic (c.3rd-11th century CE).” Currently Andrea Hasznos is working in the Papyrus Collection of the Egyptian Museum (Papyrussammlung des Ägyptischen Museums) Berlin in two projects. One of them is called „Katalogisierung der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland“ (Cataloguing the Oriental Manuscripts in Germany), and is a project of Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. „We collect and catalogue all the literary Coptic manuscript fragments of the collection and try to identify the unidentified ones.“ These are collected in an online database. The second project "Localizing 4,000 Years of Cultural History. Texts and Scripts from Elephantine Island in Egypt“ is funded by the  European Research Council (ERC). „All the written materials of 4,000 years in all languages are collected in a comprehensive database. Not only those in the Berlin collection, but all over the world, in numerours museums.”

Her scientific work in Berlin fascinates Andrea Hasznos again and again. “The Coptic material in the Berlin Papyrus Collection is huge, with still a lot of work to be done - this in itself is inspiring. Also, the surroundings are very stimulating: thousands of manuscripts in other languages (Greek, Latin, etc), as well as other objects and artifacts. The number of museums with permanent and temporary exhibitions, the lot of vernissages and finissages, the conferences and workshops, lectures, scholarly debates and the countless projects all make Berlin a fantastically vivid and productive scientific and scholarly environment.