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BSS in Egypt 2024

BSS in Egypt is a very special learning experience — courses taught in Egypt, 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 Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. 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, Dr Bernadette Brady, and Dr Anna Stevens. We usually base ourselves in one hotel for the entire course. Thus far, our courses have taken place in Cairo, Minya, Sohag, Luxor, and Aswan.


Spring course in Luxor

AN EXPEDITION TO READ HIEROGLYPHS
Dr Bill Manley


Autumn course in Saqqara

LIFE AND DEATH ON THE NILE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE MEMPHITE NECROPOLIS
Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin


Monday 15 to Monday 22 April 2024


AN EXPEDITION TO READ HIEROGLYPHS

Course Director: Dr Bill Manley (Egiptología Complutense)

A NEW course taught in Luxor by BSS favourite, Dr Bill Manley, with daily classes and hieroglyphs-reading at a unique ancient location, including special openings of sites usually closed to visitors.

Combining classes in the Pavillon Winter Luxor Hotel with visits to sites in and near Luxor, we bring you our first hieroglyphs course in Egypt for six years. Bloomsbury Summer School has a long-established reputation for providing acclaimed hieroglyphs courses at UCL in London, and we are thrilled that Bill has agreed to teach a course in Egypt, focussing on a tomb inscription that has been important in his own career. This course can be pursued at either an Intermediate or Advanced level but a Beginners-level understanding of hieroglyphic inscriptions is expected.

Our Course Director, Dr Bill Manley is the author of best-selling books on reading hieroglyphs, Co-Director of Egiptología Complutense, and Honorary President of Egyptology Scotland. His latest book, The Oldest Book in the World (2023), has garnered five-star reviews including from the Wall Street Journal.Our Tour Coordinator in Egypt is Galal Alsenusy, who has arranged all 11 of our BSS in Egypt courses to date. Our Course Coordinator in Egypt is Dr Kathryn Piquette, Director of Bloomsbury Summer School.


Itinerary

Day 1: Flight from London Heathrow to Luxor. Check in to the 5* Pavillon Winter Luxor Hotel for seven nights.

Day 2: We visit Deyr al-Medina to see the homes of this exceptionally literate community, and visit the tombs overlooking the village. We also take the short walk to the villagers’ temples where we can discuss the relevance of the inscriptions in the fascinating Temple of Hathor. Afterwards, we explore the famously evocative mortuary temple of Ramesses II, known as the Ramesseum.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Session 1: Introduction to the tomb-biography of Ankhtyfy (2 hours)
  • Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: We visit Deyr al-Bahari to explore the world famous temple of Hatshepsut, and nearby the tomb of Senenemut (TT353).* As we leave, we can discuss a neighbouring site with strong connections to Bloomsbury Summer School that Bill can explain. Next, we take an excursion to the crucially important temple of Seti I at al-Qurna. Finally, we visit some of the handsome but little visited tombs at Dra Abu al-Naga.

  • Group Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Session 2: Reading the tomb-biography of Ankhtyfy (2 hours)

Day 4: We take the short trip to Medinet Habu, including visits to the mortuary temple of Ramesses III and the exterior of the temple of Thutmose III and Hatshepsut. Then we explore the finest of the celebrated New Kingdom tombs at Sheikh Abd al-Qurna, and experience the exquisite decoration in the tombs of Ramose, Rekhmira, and Sennefer. Finally, we explore one of the spectacular Late Period tombs at Asasif.

  • Group Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Session 3: Reading the tomb-biography of Ankhtyfy (2 hours)

Day 5: We visit the ghostly West Valley to see the fascinating tomb of King Ay and the exceptionally beautiful tomb of King Amenhotep III.* Then we visit the Valley of the Kings to see several tombs.

  • Group Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Session 4: Reading the tomb-biography of Ankhtyfy (2 hours)

Day 6: Today we make our special road trip south of Luxor to read the inscriptions we have prepared in the tomb of Ankhtyfy at Mo’alla. We also travel to the New Kingdom tombs at al-Kab, and nearby, explore the processional route through the wadi with temples of Amenhotep III and Ptolemy VIII.

  • Packed Lunch.

Day 7: This morning we visit Karnak to explore the incomparable Temple of Amun-Ra, along with the Temples of Ptah and Khonsu.

  • Group Lunch.
  • In the late afternoon, we walk through the towering Temple of Amun-Ra at Luxor together
  • Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to Luxor International Airport for out direct flight back to London Heathrow.

* Exclusive special openings


Course fee

Per person:

  • £4,795 (Single Supplement: £350)

How to book

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

Please call Andante Travels' Private Groups Team to make your booking and deposit payment (£750 per person), Monday to Friday, 08:00 – 18:00 on +44 (0)1722 671 873.

Andante Travels can also be contacted at: groups@andantetravels.com

Or via their online chat facility: www.andantetravels.co.uk

  • If you are not based in the UK and / or don’t require flights to travel with the group from London, then please contact Andante Travels on 1 877 537 4091 and they can provide a price to join the course. A private transfer to / from the airport to the hotel in Luxor can be quoted for on request.


Monday 28 October to Sunday 3 November 2024


LIFE AND DEATH ON THE NILE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE MEMPHITE NECROPOLIS

Course Director: Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin (University of Exeter / Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

This is a NEW course taught in Saqqara by the Deputy Director of the Polish-Egyptian Archaeological Mission Saqqara.

Join us for an in-depth exploration of royal and private funerary architecture and remains from the largest Memphite necropolis. Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin will journey with you across this sacred landscape, tracing fascinating histories of life and death along the Nile. Classes will take place in our 5* hotel, the Hyatt Regency Cairo West, and our related site visits will include the royal pyramids at Saqqara and Dahshur, as well the private tombs of Mereruka, Kagemni, Idut, Mehu, the tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum (the ‘Two Brothers’), and more. Group meals provide an opportunity to discuss the course and site visits, and to socialise with the Course Director and fellow students. Our Travel Coordinator in Egypt is Galal Alsenusy who has arranged all 12 of our BSS in Egypt courses to date. Our Course Coordinator in Egypt is Dr Kathryn Piquette, Director of Bloomsbury Summer School.


Itinerary

Day 1: Morning / early afternoon arrival to Cairo (participants are responsible for their own travel*)

  • Transfer from airport and check into our 5* hotel for 6 nights: Hyatt Regency Cairo West
  • Lecture 1: Saqqara and the Memphite Necropolis: An introduction

Day 2: Site visit: The Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, Cairo

  • Lunch at Studio Masr, Al-Azhar Park
  • Site visit: The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (including the royal mummies)
  • Lecture 2: Reaching for the Sky: Pyramids at Saqqara
  • Welcome Dinner at the hotel (including local wine, beer, and soft drinks)

Day 3: Site visit: Mit Rahina (ancient Memphis) and Step Pyramid at Saqqara

  • Lunch at the Saqqara Palm Club
  • Lecture 3: Dotted Around: Elite burials of the Old Kingdom
  • Lecture 4: My Tomb, My Story to Tell: Non-royal tombs at Saqqara

Day 4: Site visit: Royal pyramids of Unas and Teti Cemetery, including private tombs (Mereruka, Kagemni), Serapeum, Abusir (special opening)

  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Lecture 5: The Power of Images: The land and its people
  • Lecture 6: Out of the Sand: The stories of life and death

Day 5: Site Visit: Old Kingdom non-royal tombs at Saqqara (south of the Step Pyramid): Idut, Mehu, tomb of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum (the ‘Two Brothers’); the New Kingdom necropolis (Horemheb, Maya); the Imhotep Museum

  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Lecture 7: The Age of the Pyramid Builders and Social Collapse
  • Lecture 8: The Saqqara Revival: The New Kingdom cemeteries

Day 6: Site Visit: Dahshur pyramids (Bent and Red) and Meidum

  • Packed lunch
  • Lecture 9: Expect the Unexpected: Excavating in the shade of the Step Pyramid
  • Lecture 10: Saqqara: The site that keeps on giving
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel (including local wine, beer, and soft drinks)

Day 7: Transfer to airport for return flights*


Course fee

Per person:

  • £3,875 (Single Supplement: £560)
  • Price DOES NOT INCLUDE airfare*

How to book

To make your booking and deposit payment (£600 per person), please contact Dr Kathryn Piquette:

* Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Cairo. Should you require assistance booking flights, our Egyptian Travel Coordinator, Galal Alsenusy and his team can organise this for you. For details please email: alsinusygalal@yahoo.com