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BSS in Egypt archive: 2009 – 2016


22nd November 2016

BSS in Egypt 2016

Dr Robert Morkot at Amada Temple

Dr Robert Morkot talking to us at Amada Temple

Nubia: a journey through a drowned land

Course Director: Dr Robert Morkot

This was a new course taught in Aswan and on the shores of Lake Nasser by Dr Robert Morkot, one of THE experts on Nubia, and author of The Black Pharaohs, Egypt's Nubian Rulers and Nubia: a journey through a drowned land. Robert’s daily lectures were complemented by daily exploration of relevant ancient sites. We enjoyed a series of ten excellent lectures on the complex relationship between Egypt and Nubia in ancient times, and on the writings by travellers to Nubia up until the 20th Century. In addition to all the sites we had planned to visit, we were able to add in a bonus visit to Gebel el-Silsila where we had this complicated site explained to us by Gebel el-Silsila Project Directors Dr Maria Nilsson and John Ward. All our site visits were enhanced by our extremely knowledgeable guide, Ahmed El Saghir. And Galal Alsenusy was, as ever, a brilliant tour coordinator. A big thank you to Egypt Archaeological Tours, and all responsible for making this course such a success.

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24th November 2015

BSS in Egypt 2015

Dr Stephen Harvey, Kanais

Stephen Harvey explaining a 19th Dynasty inscription at Kanais, one of our ‘special openings’ for BSS in Egypt 2015

The Mighty Ramessides: Egypt’s Nineteenth Dynasty in Focus

Course Director: Dr Stephen Harvey

This excellent series of lectures by Dr Stephen Harvey on the early Ramesside Period was 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. Another huge thank you to Dr Stephen Harvey for a brilliant course, 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 this course/tour such a success.

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26th October 2014

BSS in Egypt 2014

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Dr Stephen Harvey

Pyramids of Egypt

Course Director: Dr Stephen Harvey

Following the sell-out success of Stephen Harvey’s BSS in Egypt 2012 course on Abydos, we were thrilled to bring you a new course taught in Giza and the Faiyum with daily lectures and exploration of relevant ancient sites.

This fantastic course on Pyramids was accompanied by a comprehensive itinerary of visits to Old and Middle Kingdom pyramids, many of which were opened specially for the group.

A huge thank you to Dr Stephen Harvey for a brilliant course, 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.

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12th February 2013

BSS in Egypt 2013

John Romer - Deir el-Medina to Valley of the Kings

John Romer leads intrepid BSS in Egypt 2010 group from Deir el-Medina to the Valley of the Kings

A History of Thebes

Course Director: John Romer

Following the success of John Romer’s 2010 BSS in Egypt course, we were excited to be able to follow it up with another stimulating course taught by John in Luxor with daily lectures and exploration of ancient sites. John gave ten fascinating and thought-provoking lectures on the region of Egypt he knows so well. He explained the lesser-known features of the Theban landscape. We visited many ancient sites including some usually closed to visitors, such as Medamud, Malqata, the temple of Montuhotep at Deir el-Bahri and the tomb of Antefoker/Senet (TT60).

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19th December 2012

BSS in Egypt 2012

Dr Stephen Harvey

Dr Stephen Harvey

Abydos and Beyond: a sacred landscape Course

Director: Dr Stephen Harvey with additional lectures by Bryan Kraemer

This was another new and exciting course taught in Egypt with daily exploration of rarely-visited ancient sites, including nine sites usually closed to visitors. This course was directed by Stephen Harvey, an archaeologist at Abydos since 1988. It was a unique opportunity to hear this vibrant Egyptologist give a week of lectures in the heart of the sacred landscape he was talking about. BSS would like to thank Egypt Everywhere, in particular Galal Alsenusy, our guide Yusuf Ramsis, and Stephen Harvey and Bryan Kraemer for a brilliant course/tour.

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29th December 2011

BSS in Egypt 2011

Dr Robert Morkot

Dr Robert Morkot

Abu: Gateway to Nubia

Course Director: Dr Robert Morkot

Another exciting and innovative course taught in Aswan, and the comprehensive exploration of the fascinating archaeological sites of Aswan. This course was taught by Dr Robert Morkot, expert on Nubia and author of The Black Pharaohs, Egypt's Nubian Rulers. It was a unique opportunity to hear this distinguished Egyptologist give a week of lectures in Aswan, and to hear him share his insights on site visits. The Course Coordinator, accompanying the group throughout was BSS Deputy Director Lucia Gahlin. BSS would like to thank Sinusret Travel, our guide Galal Alsenusy, and Robert Morkot for all they did to make this course such a success.

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BSS in Egypt 2010

John Romer

John Romer

BSS students following in the footsteps of the Deir el-Medina workmen

BSS students following in the footsteps of the Deir el-Medina workmen

This is how one lives at Thebes! The life and works of the Theban royal tomb makers

Course Director:John Romer

32 BSS students enjoyed a wonderful week in Luxor attending 10 lectures by John Romer on Deir el-Medina and the Valley of the Kings, and visiting a great selection of archaeological sites including a special opening of the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings. BSS would like to thank John for his entertaining and thought-provoking lectures, and comments at the sites; our wonderful Egyptian guide Hani Al Bagoury; and Margaret Davies and Galal Alsinusy of Sinusret Travel for all their organisation and smooth-running arrangements.

The course was directed by John Romer, a renowned expert on Deir el-Medina and the Valley of the Kings, with over 40 years experience working in Luxor. This was a unique opportunity to hear this entertaining and knowledgeable Egyptologist give a week of lectures in the heart of Luxor. The Course Coordinator, accompanying the group throughout, was Lucia Gahlin, BSS Deputy Director and Egyptologist.

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BSS in Egypt 2009

Barry Kemp at Amarna

Exploring Amarna: Akhenaten's Abandoned City

Course Director: Professor Barry Kemp

n 2009 we celebrated the launch of 'BSS in Egypt', an exciting and innovative course taught in Egypt, with daily visits to fascinating and less-visited ancient sites.

This course was directed by Professor Barry Kemp, a renowned Egyptologist and Director of excavations at the site since 1977. This was a unique opportunity to hear Professor Kemp give a week of lectures in addition to guided tours of Tell el-Amarna. The Course Co-ordinator, accompanying the group throughout, was Lucia Gahlin, BSS Deputy Director and Egyptologist.

Helen Lowell's photo shows Barry Kemp on site at Amarna holding a mudbrick stamped with the hieroglyphs: 'Office of Pharaoh's Correspondence'.

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