Ancient Egypt: Key Sites and Material Culture - CLAS3720

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Ada Nifosi checkmark-circle


This module is intended as an introduction for those new to studying Egyptology, but also those who want to pursue the subject mainly from an archaeological point of view. It will explore the diversity of methodologies and debates concerning Egyptian archaeology. In doing so, it will introduce students to aspects of anthropological and archaeological theory, as well as the relationship between theory, fieldwork, and the resulting interpretation. The aim is to introduce the archaeology of ancient Egypt and its culture, monuments, and civilisation.

The course will develop an understanding of the wide range of archaeological material encountered at Egyptian sites, demonstrating how the study of material culture greatly contributes to the understanding of important aspects of ancient Egyptian culture (history, geography, material remains and society). The history of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology will also be examined, including discussion of new excavations in Egypt, connecting recent work with the results of projects spanning the late 19th and 20th centuries.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150


Autumn or Spring.

Method of assessment

Online Quiz (40 minutes) – 10%
Group Presentation (20 minutes) – 10%
Critical Assessment (800 words) – 35%
Essay (1,200 words) – 45%

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an ability to analyse the nature, diversity and development of archaeological evidence from ancient Egypt;
2 Comprehend the nature, diversity and development of archaeological evidence from ancient Egypt;
3 Understand the importance and implications of the archaeology of ancient Egypt;
4 Formulate responses to key questions about the nature and value of the archaeological evidence for ancient Egypt;
5 Engage reflectively with other people's analyses and interpretations of primary and secondary sources relating to the archaeology of ancient Egypt.

The intended generic learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate skills in analysis and argument both through their reading and through listening to others;
2 Demonstrate their ability to make basic ideas clearly understandable;
3 Demonstrate communication and team-working skills through a variety of methods;
4 Demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and to take responsibility for their learning.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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