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Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology


Admission requirements

BA degree, preferably in Ancient History, Classics, Archaeology or a comparable programme.


The words ‘Egyptian archaeology’ and ‘Egyptology’ are nearly synonymous, and refer to the scholarly research of a specific, geographically and historically defined culture. The sources available for this culture are of many different types, which can be subsumed under the headings ‘textual’ and ‘archaeological’. Above all, Egyptology/Egyptian archaeology stands for an integrative approach to these sources.

In this course, the student is introduced to Ancient Egyptian cultural history by means of self-study of literature on Ancient Egyptian cultural history, lectures presenting in-depth analysis of some specific case studies in Egyptian archaeology, and instructions for working with Egyptological literature and research tools. Together, these components constitute a training for doing scholarly research in the field of Egyptian archaeology.

Course objectives

  • Overview of Ancient Egyptian cultural history;

  • Understanding the objectives and methods of Egyptian archaeology;

  • Being able to find one’s way in, and to work with, Egyptological literature and research tools.


Please consult the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Research

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours;

  • Lectures and instructions: 22 hours;

  • Paper: 38 hours;

  • Assignments: 6 hours;

  • Study of compulsory literature and preparing exam: 74 hours.

Assessment method

  • Written examination at the end of the course (70%);

  • Short paper presenting the state of knowledge and discussion of a particular research topic (30%).


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


The grade for the resit replaces the original grade for the examination.
In case the grade for the paper is 5.0 or less, an improved version is to be submitted and graded.


Blackboard will be used to distribute course materials and exchange information.

Reading list

  • J. Baines, J. Malek, Cultural atlas of Ancient Egypt, New York 2000: 70-105, 110-111 (Naqada and Tukh), 112-117, 122-128, 130-165, 170, 173 (Heliopolis), 177, 182-187, 226-227;

  • K.A. Bard, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Malden MA etc. 2015: 48-67, 93-308, 351-353;

  • B.J. Kemp, Ancient Egypt. Anatomy of a Civilization, London/New York 2007;

  • R.J. Wenke, The Ancient Egyptian State. The origins of Egyptian culture (c. 8000-2000 BC), Cambridge 2009: 31-135, 181-360.

Instructions for the assignments and paper will be handed out and discussed during the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.




Dhr. Dr. B.J.J. (Ben) Haring
Dhr. Dr. R. (René) van Walsem