Archaeology of Empire 1: Egypt in the New Kingdom (Late Bronze Age) 1600-1050BC (ARC2129)

15 credits

From 1550 BC Egypt established an empire in western Asia and in Nubia (Kush). The 500 years of the Egyptian New Kingdom (LBA of the Near East) saw changes in warfare, society, and religion. This was a time of some of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs – Thutmose III, Hatshepsut, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Ramesses II. In this module you will explore in detail the archaeological and historical evidence for Egypt’s empire, and how it has been interpreted. Broader theoretical issues about ‘empire’ and culture will be discussed. Issues about imperial collapse, successor states and cultural legacy will also be discussed. The emphasis in this module is on Egypt and the surviving evidence.