ARCHY 212 A: Introduction To Ancient Egyptian Archaeology

Spring 2023
Meeting:
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm / SMI 205
SLN:
10434
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
NEAR E 209 A
Instructor:
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Week 1: Introduction and Geography of Egypt

 

March 27: Introduction to the Course

Lecture Slides

Required Readings: None

 

March 29: Mapping and Understanding the Land of the Nile

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Map Quiz Terms

Geographic Map of Egypt.jpg

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March 31 Section

On Zoom this week only. All remaining sections will be live and in person. See the course Canvas site for your Zoom link.

Discussion on the major myths and misconceptions about ancient Egypt in the modern day.

 

 

Week 2: Background and History of Egyptology

 

April 3: History of Egyptology

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April 5: Write Like an Egyptian: Hieroglyphics and Beyond

Guest Speaker: Forrest Martin

Lecture Slides: Martin

Lecture Slides: Selover

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April 7 Section

Map Quiz at the start of section; Writing hieroglyphics workshop

 

 

Week 3: Sources of Egyptology

 

April 10: What’s in a Dynasty? Chronology of Ancient Egypt

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April 12: Egyptian Literature and Mythology

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April 14 Section

Discussion of the story “The Tale of Sinuhe”

 

 

Week 4: Changing Temple and Tomb Architecture

 

April 17: Egyptian Mortuary Architecture in the Old Kingdom: The Pyramids!

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April 19: New Kingdom Tombs

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April 21 Section

Quiz 1

 

Week 5: Death and Mummies

 

April 24: Afterlife and Ritual

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April 26: Mummification, Mummy Cults and Animal Mummies

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Optional:  Documentary Mummifying Allen

Part I

Part II

Part III 

 

April 28 Section

A Scavenger Hunt in the Tomb of Nefertari

 

Week 6: Warfare and Foreigners

 

May 1: Foreigners in the Land of the Nile

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May 3: Egyptian Warfare

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Recommended Reading:

  • Partridge, R.B., 2003 Fighting Pharaohs: Weapons and Warfare in Ancient Egypt, Peartree Publishing
  • Spalinger, A.J. (2005) War in Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom

 

 

May 5 Section

Debating the Battle of Kadesh

 

 

Week 7: The Domestic and the State

 

May 8: Egyptian Cities and Domestic Architecture

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May 10: Egyptian Concepts of Kingship

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May 12 Section

Quiz 2

 

 

Week 8: Egyptian Medicine, Science and Art

 

May 15: Medicine and Science

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May 17: Not So Static: Ancient Egyptian Art

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May 19 Section

Art Workshop: Learning Egyptian standards and proportions

 

 

Week 9: Everyday Life in Egypt

 

May 22: Daily Life in Egypt

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May 24: Women and Children in Egypt

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May 26 Section

Pop Culture Project due by the start of section

Reconstructing a day in the life of a commoner in Egypt

 

 

Week 10: Egypt and Egyptology in the 21st Century

 

May 29: No Class – Memorial Day

 

May 31: Modern Egyptian Mania and The Politics of Museums

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June 2 Section

Quiz 3

 

 

Catalog Description:
Survey of the archaeology, art, and architecture of ancient Egypt from the prehistoric cultures of the Nile Valley ( c. 10,000 BCE) until the end of the New Kingdom ( c.1000 BCE), exploring Egyptian gods, divine kings, pyramids, temples, mummification, society, government, religion, medicine, magic, sex, childbirth, and death. Offered: jointly with MELC 209.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
June 21, 2024 - 6:51 am