Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Ancient Egyptian archaeology - people and places 1A ADED1169E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course focuses on the material culture of both lived and funerary spaces in ancient Egypt. Students will be introduced to the main issues governing the theory and practice of Egyptian archaeology to provide background for more specific case studies of sites from the Old Kingdom to the end of the New Kingdom.


Two hours per week for 10 weeks

Block 1, Wednesdays,19.00-21.00

Block 3, Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1 worksheet (c. 1000 words: profile of an object/site): 30% - due in Week 6

1 essay (c.1500 words): 70% - due in Week 10

Course Aims

This course focuses on the material culture of both lived and funerary spaces in ancient Egypt. Students will study a broad range of sites both within and on the borders of the Egyptian world - from villages like Amarna and Deir el-Medina, to quarry sites like Hatnub and Serabit el-Khadim, to necropoleis like Saqqara and the West Bank of Thebes. Students will also learn about the key figures in Egyptian archaeology of the past.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the completion of the course, students should be able to:


■ Identify and discuss the main theoretical issues in Egyptian archaeology, and the effect they have had (and continue to have) on the practice of archaeology, including how they have affected key archaeologists of the past

■ Discuss the opinions they have formed on the issues surrounding the treatment of excavated material in museum contexts

■ Interpret material evidence from ancient Egypt, from broader settlement patterns across time to the specifics of particular sites

■ Compare and contrast the lived and funerary domains.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.