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

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To consider interpretation of archaeological and historical sources and to understand processes of cultural change and issues about collapse of complex states.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. acquire a sound knowledge of the historical and cultural development of the Egypt and the Near East in the period 1600-1050 BC (Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age)
  • 2. demonstrate a critical awareness of the range of approaches that have been used to understand the cultural change, impact of empires and collapse of complex states

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. demonstrate originality in the interpretation of a range of visual and textual materials
  • 4. demonstrate an understanding of a range of cultural issues

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Critically assess a body of material.
  • 6. demonstrate critical awareness.
  • 7. Present and discuss a specific issue within a class environment

Syllabus plan

The historical and archaeological framework of Egypt and the Near East during the period 1600-1050 BC

Changes in technology of warfare and their impact

Interpreting the archaeology of specific sites

Impact of empire on society and administration in Egypt.

Influences of empire on culture and religion within Egypt.

Collapse of complex states and what happens after: differing interpretations

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching22Class lectures and seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching5seminars
Guided independent study123To include reading and preparation for lectures, tutorials and assessments.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Timeline/poster1000 words or equivalent1,3Verbal and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Case study of an artefact, site or written source502500 words to include map/plan; illustrations and captions1,2,4-6Written and verbal feedback
Essay502500 words: to include map/plan; illustrations and captions1-6Written and verbal feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Case study of an artefact, site or written source2,500 words: to include map/plan; illustrations and captions1,2, 4-6Refer/Defer period
written assignment from a choice of titles2500 words: written assignment from a choice of titles1-6Refer/defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Alcock, Susan E., Terence N. D’Altroy, Kathleen D. Morrison, and Carla M. Sinopoli, eds. Empires. Perspectives from Archaeology and History. Cambridge University Press, 2001

Brewer, D. and Teeter, E., 1999, Egypt and the Egyptians. Cambridge: CUP

Kemp, Barry, 1989, Ancient Egypt, Anatomy of a Civilization. London: Routledge.

Meskell, L., 2002, Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press

Morkot, Robert, 2005, The Egyptians, an Introduction. London: Routledge.

Shaw, Ian, ed., 2000, Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford: OUP.

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Kush, Nubia, Egypt, Empire, Near East, Late Bronze Age