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

StaffDr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesARC2129: Archaeology of Empire 1: Egypt in the New Kingdom (Late Bronze Age) 1600-1050BC OR ARC3129: Archaeology of Empire 1: Egypt in the New Kingdom (Late Bronze Age) 1600-1050BC
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

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • 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 teaching22Class lectures and seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching10Seminars
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 words)1-2, 4-6Referral/Deferral period
Written assignment from a choice of titlesWritten assignment from a choice of titles (3000 words)1-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

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