NEAREAST 338 - Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course focuses on the material culture and spatial disposition of archaeological sites in northeast Africa, specifically ancient Egyptian and Middle Nile Valley cultures from c. 3200-656 BC. We will explore the logic and nature of both sacred and secular sites and the impact of new discoveries on our understanding of the past. Specific sites, some well known (such as Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings and the pyramids at Giza), some less well known (such as the city of Kerma in northern Sudan, and the University of Michigan’s ongoing excavation at Abydos in upper Egypt), will be investigated as examples of different kinds of interpretive problems in archaeology. We will also consider theoretical approaches to Nile Valley archaeological data, the ways in which material culture remains articulate with other sources of information, issues of cultural heritage including the politics of archaeology and repatriation initiatives, and representations of ancient Egypt and archaeology in movies and other media of public culture. Finally, throughout we will emphasize archaeologies of lived experience, not just the privileged environments of political elites, but also the settlements, cemeteries, and cult areas of the communities and individuals who were the majority of the ancient Egyptian population. While this course is complementary in subject matter to NEAREAST 243, which concentrates on the history of ancient Egypt of the Dynastic period through texts, it is designed to stand alone.

Course Requirements:

Midterm and final; attendance and participation in discussion sections

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 338 - Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 0521675987
Ancient Egypt : an introduction, Author: Salima Ikram., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2? ed. 2010
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