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Egyptian Archaeology and Cultural History


Admission requirements

BA degree, preferably in Ancient History, Classics, Archaeology or a comparative study.


In conjunction with the courses Research tools in Egyptology (5704ORTEG) and Reading Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions (5704ORTEG) the course comprises self-study of an introductory book to Egyptian Archaeology, and an in-depth analysis of some specific case studies on archaeological theory/method and sites, accompanied by additional literature.

Course objectives

Preparing students with a BA outside of Egyptology for successfully following the NVIC course in Cairo.


Please consult the timetables on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load: 5 EC = 140 hours

  • 14 (7 × 2) hours for attending the seminars;

  • 126 hours for preparing the seminars, reading literature and preparing the written examination.

Assessment method

Written examination at the end of the course. Resit some weeks later.



Reading list

J. Baines, J. Malek, Cultural atlas of Ancient Egypt, New York 2000.
K.A. Bard, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Malden MA etc. 2008 [except for ch. 4].
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.
R. van Walsem, ‘‘Meaningful places’: pragmatics from ancient Egypt to modern times. A diachronic and cross-cultural approach’ in: K. Zijlmans (ed.), Site-Seeing. Places in Culture, Time and Space (Leiden, 2006), 111-146.


Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University.


Dr. R. van Walsem