Egyptology (ARC3607)

Staff - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value15
NQF Level3
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module will provide both practical advice on researching and studying Egyptology, and the theoretical issues that are involved. These methods and techniques are then applied to one specific site in order to demonstrate the range of ancient materials available and to encourage critical reflection on the differing ways in which Egyptologists use that material.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Know the theoretical and methodological frameworks, and the practical issues involved in studying Egyptian sites and artefacts and understand how these may be applied to interpret Egyptian society and culture.
  • 2. Know and deploy terms and conventions in their correct contexts.
  • 3. Analyse a wide range of types of Egyptian artefact and their development.
  • 4. Critically assess the application of differing methodologies to specific archaeological cases.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Critically reflect on appropriate secondary sources; synthesise and evaluate archaeological information in an objective manner.
  • 6. With guidance, produce a clear, lucid and coherent argument, using appropriate specialist vocabulary.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Self-reflect on progress within a co-operative group environment.
  • 8. Learn from peers, both giving and receiving constructive criticism.

Syllabus plan

1. What is Egyptology? Studying Egyptology: practical (and impractical) aspects.
2. History and Chronologies in Egyptology.
3. Epigraphy, Philology and Language studies.
4. Anthropology, Ethno-archaeology, and social history.
5. Art history and Looking at artefacts.
6. ‘Thebes' and 'Deir el-Medina': archaeology and interpretation of a site.
7. The tomb and burial.
8. The house.
9. Egyptian society.
10. Economics

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
SLT150Lectures (x 10), Seminars (x 10) and tutorials (scheduled classes will be 2-3 hours long)

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
Written assignment502000 words1-8
Written Assignment502000 words1-8

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Bierbrier, M.L., 1997: Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs. American University in Cairo Press.
Davies, B. G., 1999: Who's Who at Deir el-Medina. A Prosopographic Study of the Royal Workmen's Community. Nederlands Instituut voor Het Nabije Oosten.
Janssen, J. J., 1997: Village Varia. Ten Studies on the History and Administration of Deir el-Medina. Nederlands Instituut voor Het Nabije Oosten.
McDowell, A. 1999: Village Life in Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press.
Meskell, L., 1999: Archaeologies of Social Life. Blackwell.
Meskell, L., 2002: Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt. Princeton University Press
Morkot, R., 2004: The Egyptians, an Introduction. Routledge.
Toivari-Viitala, J. 2001: Women at Deir el-Medina. A Study of the Status and Roles of the Female Inhabitants in the Workmen's Community During the Ramesside Period. Nederlands Instituut voor Het Nabije Oosten.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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