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We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring and exciting short courses on Ancient Egypt and other areas of the Ancient World.


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24th November 2015

BSS group, Luxor Temple

BSS group in Luxor Temple: discussing Ramesses II’s additions to Amenhotep III’s temple.

Another successful BSS course in Egypt

23 of us are just back from another fabulous ‘BSS in Egypt’ course in Luxor. Dr Stephen Harvey gave 10 excellent lectures on the early Ramesside Period, complemented by a range of fascinating site visits, including 'special openings' of Seti I's temple at Kanais, Ramesses II's portal temple at Kom el-Sultan, Abydos, and the extraordinary tombs of Seti I, Ramesses II, Ramesses II's sons (KV5) and Nefertari. Huge thanks to our lecturer Stephen Harvey, guide Enass Salah and tour coordinators Lee Young and Galal Alsenusy of Egypt Archaeological Tours.

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21st October 2015

Professor Salima Ikram

Professor Salima Ikram at our BSS study day on 18th October

Professor Salima Ikram brought Egypt’s Western Desert to life for us

Our ‘Great Oasis’ study day was attended by 180 enthusiasts of Egyptian archaeology. Salima Ikram enthralled us with four wonderful lectures. A huge thank you to Salima for flying from Cairo to join us for this very special day.






21st September 2015

Tutankhamun’s canopic chest

Tutankhamun’s canopic chest, Egyptian Museum Cairo

A double dose of Tutankhamun this winter

Why not combine our study day with Dr Jo Marchant on Sunday 13 December, ‘When Science and Archaeology Collide: a day of discovery’ (including a lecture on Tutankhamun’s mummy) with the Friends of the Petrie Museum study day on Saturday 12 December ‘Tutankhamun’s knickers and other knotty textile questions’. Both study days will take place in the same lecture theatre, so you can stay nearby and enjoy another Egyptology weekend in London.

Find out more and book your place on our study day

Find out more and book your place on the Friends of the Petrie Museum study day:


12th August 2015


Professor Salima Ikram will be joining us from Egypt this Autumn.

Egyptology thriving in London

We have coordinated with London’s Egypt Exploration Society this Autumn. Why not come to London for the weekend to attend their study day, On the Trail of Imhotep, on Saturday 17 October, followed by our study day with Professor Salima Ikram, The Great Oasis: history and archaeology of Egypt’s Kharga and Dakhla Oases, on Sunday 18 October.

Find out more and book your place on our study day

Find out more and book your place on the EES study day



5th August 2015


Thoth, Ancient Egyptian god of knowledge (and logo for BSS).

Our 25th summer of providing top-quality short courses on Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East

6 courses, 8 fantastic lecturers, and 120 participants – another wonderful 3 weeks of Bloomsbury Summer Schools. Thank you all!

And now we’re having fun planning our courses for summer 2016 …





29th June 2015

The Shadow King (book jacket)

Jo Marchant’s 2nd book, praised as “luminous and illuminating” by The Guardian.

Another BSS study day to look forward to

Tutankhamun and Amarna royal mummies DNA, a 2000 year old computer, and the oldest known cave art. Join us for a day with Dr Jo Marchant on scientific research and the ancient world.

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13th April 2015

Salima Ikram.

Professor Salima Ikram excavating at Kharga Oasis.

Professor Salima Ikram flying in from Cairo to give a BSS study day

We are very excited that one of Egyptology’s most charismatic lecturers has agreed to give four lectures at a BSS study day in October.

Find out more and book your place






5th March 2015

Irving Finkel

Dr Irving Finkel at our BSS study day on 28th February 2015.

The Wonder of Cuneiform: a passionate exploration of some of Mesopotamia’s most important ancient records

Dr Irving Finkel gave four lectures at our study day on 28th February, that weren’t just passionate, they were a tour de force. He had an audience of 190 captivated by his wit and erudition. We hope very much he’ll visit us again at BSS before too long.





6th January 2015

Stephen Harvey

Dr Stephen Harvey explaining the site at a 'special openingí
of the Sphinx Enclosure (BSS in Egypt 2014).

Announcing BSS in Egypt 2015

Back by popular demand ... we bring you Dr Stephen Harvey with a new course taught in Egypt on The Mighty Ramessides: Egypt’s Nineteenth Dynasty in Focus, with visits to ancient sites including tombs not usually open to visitors: those of Seti I, Ramesses II and Nefertari.






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17th December 2014

Pectoral of Amenemhat III

Pectoral of Amenemhat III from tomb of Mereret, Dahshur, Dynasty 12. Now in Egyptian Museum Cairo.

We’re now taking bookings for our 2015 summer schools

Our six 5-day courses in July will focus on learning hieroglyphs; reading inscriptions from the Amarna Period; Old Kingdom Egyptian archaeology; Middle Kingdom Egyptian history and culture; ancient diplomacy and warfare; the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East.

Please do consider joining us for an intense but informal week of learning.





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27th November 2014

Dr Irving Finkel.

Dr Irving Finkel and the ĎArk Tabletí

Announcing our first study day of 2015

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Dr Irving Finkel of the British Museum to BSS. He is set to entrance us with the wonder of cuneiform, exploring ancient records of Mesopotamia with us, including the Ark Tablet, his exciting recent discovery.




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25th November 2014

Dr Paul Roberts.

Paul Roberts takes us to Palmyra at our recent BSS study day.

Mosaics to Mummy Portraits – a great success

Senior Curator of Roman Art and Archaeology at the British Museum, Dr Paul Roberts gave four fascinating and lively lectures for our study day held on 22nd November, exploring the arts, architecture and people of Roman Sicily, Syria and North Africa. A huge thank you to Paul for his wonderful lectures, and to the 165 participants who created such a sociable atmosphere that day.







26th October 2014

BSS students lucky enough to get between the paws of the Sphinx.

BSS students lucky enough to get between the paws of the Sphinx!

A brilliant time was had by all on our recent BSS in Egypt course

Our course on Pyramids was accompanied by many visits to Old and Middle Kingdom pyramids, many of which were opened specially for the group. We would like to thanks Dr Stephen Harvey for 10 superb lectures, Enass Salah for all her wonderful guiding at the sites, and Galal Alsenusy and Lee Young of Egypt Archaeological Tours for all they did to make the course/tour run so smoothly.

And a huge thank you to the 17 of you who chose to join us for a great time in Egypt!


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18th August 2014

Dr Paul Roberts.

Dr Paul Roberts, Head of the British Museumís Roman Collections and Curator of the BMís Pompeii exhibition, captivates a BSS audience at our Autumn 2012 study day. Photo: S. Klinge

Our next study day will take place on Saturday November 22nd: Mosaics to Mummy Portraits: the arts, architecture and people of Roman Sicily, Syria and North Africa

Dr Paul Roberts comes to us still reeling from the success of his Pompeii exhibition at the British Museum, and back by popular demand following his extremely well received BSS study day in 2012. This time he will bring to life some of the most fascinating of the southern and eastern provinces of the mighty Roman Empire.


For further information





14th August 2014

RamessesII in the British Museum.

Four of our courses this year included learning experiences in the British Museum.

Another great summer of BSS courses

Our summer schools are over for another year and we have a great deal to feel good about. We had over 130 participants join us across our six courses. Our Hieroglyphs for Beginners course sold out and our Advanced Hieroglyphs course came close to being fully-booked. Our hieroglyphs teachers Bill Manley and José-R. Pérez-Accino were deemed outstanding, and our other course directors - Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Jan Picton, Claire Malleson and Garry Shaw - were all considered fantastic too. So thank you all for another successful programme of summer courses.





10th June 2014

Tutankhamun's pectoral, found in his tomb, now in Egyptian Museum Cairo.

Tutankhamun's pectoral, found in his tomb, now in Egyptian Museum Cairo.

BSS is sponsoring a study day at this year’s Holt Festival: Howard Carter - Artist, Naturalist & Archaeologist

This unique tribute to Howard Carter in the 75th year since his death will be a day of lectures by John Wyatt and Lee Young on Thursday 24 July, deriving from current research and revealing largely unknown but important aspects of the Norfolk man’s life and work.

Attend the study day and visit a week-long exhibition of artefacts and related paintings, augmented by original film and rare recordings of Howard Carter and his colleagues describing their discoveries, together with travel diaries and other ephemera never before exhibited.

For further information and to book tickets visit:





12th May 2014

Paul Collins.

Dr Paul Collins getting excited at our May study day. Photo: Sven Klinge.

Another fascinating study day

Our May study day, Kingship and the Gods: the origins of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Iran, brought together 160 participants and 4 excellent speakers (Paul Collins, Alice Stevenson, Jacob Dahl and Kathryn Kelley) for a day of current research and new ideas.


21st April 2014

Dr Alice Stevenson and Dr Michael Dee.

Dr Alice Stevenson and Dr Michael Dee fascinated us at our March study day.

Enjoying our Spring study days

Our March study day on A New Chronology for Ancient Egypt brought us ground-breaking new research. We're very much looking forward to our May 10th study day on Kingship and the Gods: the origins of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Iran.


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