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BSS in Egypt 2023

15 - 22 December 2023

Exploring Amarna: Its archaeology and the ideas behind it

Course Director: Dr Anna Stevens (Monash University and University of Cambridge)

BSS in Egypt is a very special learning experience – an annual course taught in Egypt, and different each year – offering a programme of classes and visits to archaeological sites, often including sites that are usually closed to visitors but are opened specially for BSS by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities. This is a unique opportunity to engage in a 10-session course taught by a renowned academic on location in Egypt. Daily visits to ancient monuments enhance the learning experience. Our Course Director accompanies the site visits, and is on hand throughout to answer questions, discuss, and socialise with you. Our 12 BSS in Egypt courses to date have been directed by Prof. Barry Kemp, Mr John Romer, Dr Robert Morkot, Dr Stephen Harvey, Dr Peter Lacovara, Dr Bill Manley, and Dr Bernadette Brady. We base ourselves in one hotel for the entire course. Thus far, our courses have taken place in Cairo, Minya, Sohag, Luxor, and Aswan.

This year we are thrilled to be returning to Amarna after more than a decade, this time with, Dr Anna Stevens, Assistant Director of excavations at the site of Amarna. Classes will take place in our hotel, the MG Hotel Nefertiti, and our related site visits will include the locations of the Aten temples, royal palaces, the house of the sculptor Thutmose, workshops, tombs, and more. Group meals provide an opportunity to discuss the course and site visits, and to socialise with the Course Director and fellow students.

For detailed information on what this 8-day tour and course includes email: See below for course fee and booking information.


Day 1: Morning flight to Cairo. Check-in to 4* Le Méridien Cairo Airport hotel for two nights

Day 2: Visit the GEM / Cairo Museum TBC, Lunch, Welcome Dinner at the hotel

Day 3: Drive to el-Minya. Check-in to the 4* MG Nefertiti for five nights.

  • Dr Anna Stevens to join group from Amarna.
  • Packed Lunch
  • Lecture 1: Akhenaten and His Ideas
  • Lecture 2: Founding Amarna
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 4: Visit Amarna: North Tombs, Royal Tomb and Boundary Stela

  • Packed Lunch
  • Lecture 3: Rediscovering Akhenaten’s City
  • Lecture 4: The Temples of Amarna
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 5: Visit Amarna: Great Aten Temple followed by city walk, from the Small Aten Temple and Records Office southwards via the house of the sculptor Thutmose to the asphalt road, a quick detour to current expedition house.

  • Packed lunch
  • Lecture 5: Urban Living at Amarna
  • Lecture 6: The Desert Villages
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 6: Visit Amarna: Workmen’s Village and Stone Village by pickup-truck and walking, followed by the South Tombs

  • Packed lunch
  • Lecture 7: Palace Life
  • Lecture 8: Amarna’s Non-elite Cemeteries
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 7: Visit Amarna: Visitor Centre, North Palace, North City (and old EES / Pendlebury expedition house). Final arrangements for this day are TBC.

  • Packed lunch
  • Lecture 9: The Archaeology of Amarna: Updates on recent fieldwork
  • Lecture 10: The Abandonment and Reception of Amarna
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 8: Drive to Cairo airport for return flight back to London.

Course fee

Per person:

  • £3,895 (Single Supplement: £300)


Bloomsbury Summer School are pleased to be partnering with Andante Travels, who will be handling all aspects of the booking process.

Please visit the Andante Travels website or call the Private Groups Team to make your booking and deposit payment (£750 per person), Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 17:00 on +44 (0)1722 671 103, select option 4.

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