Ancient Egyptian Language
This module furthers your knowledge of Middle Egyptian, the 'classic' phase of the ancient Egyptian language, which flourished c. 2000 BC. It looks into unpublished texts such as papyri or tomb inscriptions, developing your editing skills and grammar analysis. At the heart of this module is contextualising texts within their original setting through comparison with archaeological data. By the end of the course you will have the linguistic knowledge necessary to edit and publish ancient Egyptian texts for the purposes of historical research or religious or cultural studies.
Theory and Practice of Archaeology
This module incorporates unpublished objects of the Eton Myers Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art at the University of Birmingham. It includes;archaeological stratigraphy, relative and absolute chronology; field survey and geophysical techniques;archaeological recording on site and in the museum; pottery typology, draughting and photography; data presentation and publication techniques.
The choice available in any one year depends on demand and staff time. You will be advised on the choice of topics appropriate to your level of knowledge and your research interests. At present the following are available:
Egyptian History and Archaeology I
a) New Kingdom history, with particular reference to the chronological framework of the period, to its religious and social structure and to interrelations with the Mediterranean and the Near East. The emphasis throughout is on the primary sources and on the critical interpretation of textual, pictorial and archaeological evidence.
b) The material culture of Egypt from the predynastic period to c. 1500 BC, with particular reference to cemetery archaeology. This part of the course equips you with the skills to approach any aspect of Egyptian material culture, with special emphasis on visual appreciation.
Eyptian and Archaeology II
a) The history of Egypt, c. 1070-332 BC. In analysing the political, ethnic, social and cultural developments which characterise the period, special attention is paid to the impact of Libyan settlement and rule, and to Mediterranean and Near Eastern contacts.
b) The material culture of Egypt from c. 1500-300 BC. The first semester concentrates on settlements, with particular reference to Malqata, Amarna and Deir el-Medina, and on temple architecture and decoration. In the second semester, the development of Egyptian sculpture, relief carving and painting in the New Kingdom, and the archaeology of the first millennium BC, are the focus of attention.
Ancient Egyptian Religion
This module will cover diverse aspects of religion in ancient Egypt, including ideas about creation, the gods and the afterlife, religious practice in the community as well as in the temples, the interrelationship between religious and political authority, and funerary religion. Three different kinds of evidence, each with its own problems of interpretation, in combination provide as rounded a view of the subject as is possible:
1) texts, whether monumental or on papyrus
2) pictorial evidence from temples, tombs, stelae etc
3) other archaeological artefacts and contexts