Archaeology of Empire: Egypt and Kush 1600-700BC (ARC3008)

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesARC2129 OR ARC3129
Duration of Module Term 2: 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 Lower (Egypt) and Middle Nile (Nubia) in the period 1600-600 BC (Late Bronze Age – 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 Nubia during the period 1600-700 BC

The Egyptian empire: structure and administration

Interpreting the archaeology of specific sites

Collapse of complex states and what happens after: differing interpretations

Economics and culture.

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 teaching activities22Class lectures and seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10seminars
Guided independent study118To include reading and preparation for lectures, tutorials and assessments.

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 source503000 words to include map/plan; illustrations and captions1,2,4-6Written feedback
Essay503000 words to include maps/plan, captions and illustrations1-6Written 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 sourceCase study of an artefact, site or written source, 3000 words1,2,4-6Refer/Defer period
written assignment from a choice of titleswritten assignment from a choice of titles, 3000 words1-6Refer/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

Edwards, David N., 2004, The Nubian Past: an Archaeology of the Sudan. Routledge

Morkot, Robert, 2000, The Black Pharaohs: Egypt's Nubian Rulers. London : Rubicon.

O'Connor, David, 1993,Ancient Nubia, Egypt's Rival in Africa. University Museum of archaeology and anthropology

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Kush, Nubia, Egypt, Empire