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Bloomsbury Summer School

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Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

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

Summer Schools

Founded in 1990, we endeavour to present the finest programme of summer courses in Egyptology and Ancient World history, languages and archaeology, available in the UK. In 2018 we are offering eight intensive 5-day summer courses for adults of all ages: lifelong learners, students wishing to broaden their studies, and sixth-formers perhaps considering further study in these subject areas.

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2018 Courses

Hieroglyphs, Coptic, and Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Mesoamerican history, archaeology and culture.

Courses take place during July at University College London (UCL), in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. Places still available.

Study Days

We stage up to four study days each year in central London. These take place at the weekend and each day has four lectures given by one or more speakers. We have a reputation for attracting a range of fine speakers of international status, including over the years: Professor Kent Weeks, Dr Irving Finkel, Professor Geoffrey Martin, Mr John Romer, Professor Rosalie David, and Professor David O’Connor.

Tombs and Temples of El Kab: current fieldwork and research

Saturday 2nd June 2018
10am - 5.30pm, Cruciform Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London.

A study day with members of The Oxford University Expedition: Dr Vivian Davies, Dr Luigi Prada, Dr Susanne Woodhouse and Dr Liam McNamara.

Painted figures on wall In the tomb of Paheri

In the tomb of Pahari, El Kab

BSS in Egypt

We are proud to have organised at least one course in Egypt every year since 2009. This is a very special learning opportunity: a programme of lectures and visits to archaeological sites, some usually closed to visitors but opened specially for BSS by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Daily visits to ancient monuments, accompanied by a renowned Egyptologist, enhance this learning experience.

BSS in Egypt 2018

Another opportunity to join BSS for a course in Luxor. This time, for the first time, we are taking our acclaimed hieroglyphs teaching to Egypt. A new course taught in and around Luxor by the brilliant hieroglyphs teacher and BSS favourite, Dr Bill Manley, with 10 classes, and hieroglyphs-reading at a selection of fascinating ancient sites, including 5 Special Openings of sites usually closed to visitors.

Dr Bill Manley

Dr Bill Manley, Course Director, BSS in Egypt 2018 (Photo: Peter Durant)

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BSS in Egypt 2017
24 BSS students enjoyed another fabulous BSS in Egypt. Dr Peter Lacovara taught a great course for us in Luxor: In the Realm of the Sun King: Thebes in the reign of Amenhotep III. This was coupled with relevant site visits including special access to Amenhotep III’s temple remains at Kom el-Hetan, his palace-city remains at Malqata,Tombs of Nobles dating to the reign of Amenhotep III: Djeserkareseneb (TT38) and Horemheb (TT78), and the Tomb of Amenhotep III in the Western Valley. A huge thank you to Dr Hourig Sourizian for a fabulous guided tour of Kom El-Hetan. And a massive thank you to Dr Peter Lacovara for his lectures and tour of Malqata, to Amr El Sharqawy for his extremely knowledgeable guided tours, and to Lee Young and Galal Alsenusy of Egypt Archaeological Tours for their brilliant organisation of this course/tour.

BSS in Egypt 2017 group with Dr Hourig Sourouzian and Dr Peter Lacovara in front of the Colossi of Memnon

Our BSS in Egypt 2017 group with Dr Hourig Sourouzian and Dr Peter Lacovara in front of the Colossi of Memnon