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Unit information: Ancient Egypt in 2015/16

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Unit name Ancient Egypt
Unit code ARCH20010
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Gibson
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an overview of the archaeology of Egypt, with particular focus on the Dynastic Period, c.3100-330 BC. Topics covered include historical geography; chronology; an outline of the history of the period; the history of Egyptian archaeology; language and literature; the nature of the state; art; religious life; and funerary practices.


To provide students with a basic grounding in the civilisation of ancient Egypt during the last three millennia BC.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, a successful student will be able to

  1. describe the basic geography of Egypt, the historical, social and political structure of the period studied and the basis upon which it has been reconstructed;
  2. recognize key works of art and artistic styles;
  3. understand the basis of Egyptian religious beliefs, in particular those associated with the afterlife and their physical manifestations.
  4. structure a sustained argument in writing.
  5. demonstrate the ability to recall and select from a range of data and case studies, under examination conditions.

Teaching Information

Weekly 2hr Illustrated lecture / seminar.

Assessment Information

One 2500 word essay (50%). Assesses ILOs 1, 3, 4

One exam (50%) Assesses ILOs 1-3, 5

Reading and References

ALDRED, C. 1984, 1998 The Egyptians, 2nd ed; 3rd ed, rev. by A. Dodson (London: Thames & Hudson).

BAINES, J. & J. MALEK 1980 Atlas of Ancient Egypt (New York and Oxford: Facts on File).

DODSON, A.M. 1995. Monarchs of the Nile (London: Rubicon/Cairo; AUC Press).

IKRAM, S. & A. DODSON 1998 The Mummy in Ancient Egypt (London: Thames & Hudson).

REDFORD, D.B. (ed.) 2000. Oxford Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egypt (New York: Oxford University Press)

WILKINSON, T. (ed.) 2007. The Egyptian World (London: Routledge)