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Archaeology of Ancient Egypt


Admission requirements



Ancient Egypt fascinates with a wealth of textual and archaeological sources, giving insights in elite circles around the pharaoh and his court, but also resulting in an increasingly better perspective on the middle and lower classes. This seminar will focus on the archaeology, art, and material culture of ancient Egypt. Recent excavation results will be combined with a discussion of a number of the latest techniques and theoretical approaches explored through a selection of the most important sites. These case studies will be regionally distributed showing Egypt’s geographical variety and follow each other in a chronological order. Based on this solid foundation, the architecture and material culture of ancient Egypt will be explored along the lines of the acquisition of raw materials in and outside of Egypt, different building and decoration designs and the interaction with neighboring cultures. Together this series of lectures will provide a well-rounded overview on the archaeology of ancient Egypt.

Course objectives

  • By studying a number of case studies, the student will acquire an overview of the relevant sites and archaeological methods in a chronological perspective.

  • The student will gain knowledge of different crafting procedures and the acquisition of raw materials.

  • Art historical theory will be employed to develop a perspective on ancient Egyptian craftsmanship and artistry.

  • We will discuss basic principles of two- and three-dimensional representations as well as different styles in architecture and decoration designs.

  • Cross-cultural themes such as trade and the transfer of motifs will be explored focusing on core sites and regions but also considering less explored areas at the crossroads with neighboring cultures.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

Written summary: 40%
Final Exam: 60%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the above.

To pass the course, students need a passing mark (“voldoende,” i.e. “5.50” or higher) for the course as a whole and for the final exam.


Only the final exam can be retaken (60%).

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

The reading list for the course consists of individual articles that will be announced in the syllabus.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory. General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in the context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), e.g. about costs, registration and conditions.

Exchange students having questions regarding registration, may contact the Humanities International Office.