Ancient Egypt: Key Sites and Material Culture - CLAS3720

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


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

Indicative Reading List

Bard, K.A. (2014). Encyclopaedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. London: Routledge.
Brewer, D.J. (2003). Egypt and the Egyptians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bussmann, R. (2015). Egyptian archaeology and social anthropology.
Ikram, S. (2010). Ancient Egypt: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kemp, B. J. (2006). Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.
Shaw, I. (2003). The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Szpakowska, K. (2008). Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: Recreating Lahun. Oxford: Blackwell.
Stevens, A. (2006). Private Religion at Amarna: The Material Evidence. Oxford: Archaeopress.
Wilkinson, R. H. (2000). The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt. London: Thames & Hudson.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to analyse the nature, diversity and development of archaeological evidence from ancient Egypt;
Comprehend the nature, diversity and development of archaeological evidence from ancient Egypt;
Understand the importance and implications of the archaeology of ancient Egypt;
Formulate responses to key questions about the nature and value of the archaeological evidence for ancient Egypt;
Engage reflectively with other people's analyses and interpretations of primary and secondary sources relating to the archaeology of ancient Egypt.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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