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BSS in Egypt 2018
21st December 2017
An Expedition to Read Hieroglyphs
5 – 12 November 2018
Course Director: Dr Bill Manley
Dr Bill Manley (Photo: Peter Durant)
A new course taught in Luxor by the brilliant hieroglyphs teacher and BSS favourite, Dr Bill Manley, with daily classes and hieroglyphs-reading at fascinating ancient sites, including 5 ‘special openings’ of sites usually closed to visitors.
What makes this course special
- A series of ten hieroglyphs classes taught by Dr Bill Manley, an acclaimed teacher of Ancient Egyptian language. Find out more about Bill Manley.
- A carefully-considered programme of site visits in and around Luxor to complement the taught classes and study sessions.
- Busy, exciting days with time to relax at our wonderfully-located 5* hotel in Luxor.
- Plenty of opportunity to socialise with Egyptologist Bill Manley and fellow participants.
- Course Coordination by BSS Co-Director Lucia Gahlin, who will accompany the group throughout. Tour Coordination in Egypt by Galal Alsenusy who has arranged all our BSS in Egypt courses to date.
Combining classes in the historic Winter Palace Hotel and site visits in and near Luxor, we bring you our first hieroglyphs course taught in Egypt. Bloomsbury Summer School has a long-held reputation for providing acclaimed hieroglyphs courses at UCL in London. Bill Manley has been teaching our summer courses for the past 25 years, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to teach a Reading Hieroglyphs course in Egypt, focussing on temple and tomb inscriptions, in the sacred landscape of Ancient Thebes. During this course you will read Hatshepsut’s Karnak Obelisk Inscription; the Ahmose, son of Abana tomb biography inscription at El Kab, and Coptic inscriptions in the Temple of Hathor at Deir el-Medina (no previous experience of Coptic necessary).
This course can be taken at either an Intermediate or Advanced level. A Beginners understanding of hieroglyphs will be expected.
Please note: you need not have taken the course Hieroglyphs for Beginners at BSS, but The Next Step assumes you do have some experience in reading Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions. As a general guide, you should already be able to read a basic offering-formula, such as the monuments on pages 46 and 48 of: Collier, M. & Manley, B. How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs (British Museum Press – ideally 2003 revised edition, but earlier edition fine). Please also see 'Recommended Reading'
Bill Manley is a best-selling writer, who teaches Egyptology and Coptic at the University of Glasgow, and works with archaeological projects in Egypt. He was Senior Curator for Ancient Egypt at National Museums Scotland, and has taught hieroglyphs at Bloomsbury Summer School for twenty-five years. His best known books include The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt (1996), How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs (1998, with Mark Collier), Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners (2012) and Egyptian Art (2017). As a result he has spoken at various international book festivals, including The Sunday Times Literary Festival. His specialist output includes many other books, catalogues, articles and exhibitions covering such diverse subjects as ancient texts, the history of Egyptology, gold jewellery, the archaeology of Palestine, and the world’s earliest philosophy. Bill is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, Honorary President of Egyptology Scotland,and Co-Director of Egiptología Complutense along with Dr José-Ramón Perez-Accino.
Fly from Heathrow to Luxor.
Check in to 5* Winter Palace Garden Pavilion for the 7 nights.
Visit Temple of Montu, Medamud [special opening], and Temples of Khonsu and Mut, Karnak.
Session 1: Background to the Hatshepsut Obelisk Inscription and relevant grammar.
Session 2: Hatshepsut Obelisk Inscription: reading/study session.
Visit Temple-Tomb of Mentuhotep Nebhepetra [special opening], Temple of Hatshepsut, and Tomb of Senenmut (TT353) [special opening], all at Deir el-Bahri.
Session 3: Background to the Hatshepsut Obelisk Inscription and relevant grammar.
Session 4: Hatshepsut Obelisk Inscription: reading/study session.
Visit Temple of Montu, El Tod; Obelisk of Hatshepsut and Open Air Museum, Karnak Temple.
Session 5: Background to the Ahmose, son of Abana, tomb biography and relevant grammar.
Session 6: Ahmose, son of Abana, tomb biography: reading/study session.
Visit Tomb of Seti I, Valley of the Kings [special opening], Tombs of the Nobles: Rekhmire (T100), Sennefer (TT96), and Amenemopet-Pairy (TT29), brother of Sennefer [special opening], Sheikh Abd el-Qurna.
Session 7: Background to the Ahmose, son of Abana, tomb biography and relevant grammar.
Session 8: Ahmose, son of Abana, tomb biography: reading/study session.
Visit Tomb of Ankhtify, Mo’alla, and Tomb of Ahmose, son of Abana, El Kab.
Session 9: Background to Coptic inscriptions in the Temple of Hathor at Deir el-Medina and relevant grammar (no previous experience of Coptic necessary).
Session 10: Coptic inscriptions in the Temple of Hathor at Deir el-Medina: reading/study session.
Visit Deir el-Medina, including the Temple of Hathor, and all open tombs (including those recently opened); Medinet Habu, and Temple of Thoth, Qasr el-Aguz; and Temple of Seti I (‘Qurna Temple’).
Fly from Luxor to Heathrow.
BSS in Egypt 2018 course fee: £3290 (Single Supplement: £200). To secure your place, please send us a deposit of £400 (non-returnable unless the tour is cancelled by Egypt Archaeological Tours due to circumstances beyond their control).
The price of this BSS in Egypt course includes international flights from Heathrow with EgyptAir in economy class; all transport in Egypt; 5* accommodation (with breakfasts); all classes and guided tours; entrance to all sites; 5 special openings of sites usually closed to visitors; 2 group dinners, 6 group lunches (1 of which will be a packed lunch); refreshments between classes; water with included meals; services of an Egyptian tour guide; tipping including drivers (except guide).
The price of this BSS in Egypt course DOES NOT include: travel insurance (essential); Egyptian visa (obtainable on arrival in Egypt for £20); meals and drinks other than those mentioned in itinerary; tips for local Egyptian guide.
Please note that the only water included in the price of this tour is water with included meals; and the only included dinners are on days 2 and 7.
How to book
Please send us your completed booking form, together with a deposit of £400 per person (non-returnable unless the tour is cancelled by Egypt Archaeological Tours due to circumstances beyond their control). Cheques made payable to Egypt Archaeological Tours Ltd. Post to Lucia Gahlin, Bloomsbury Summer School, c/o Dept. of History, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
For details of alternative methods of payment please contact Lucia – email email@example.com or call 020 7679 3622
Should you need to cancel your booking the following charges will apply:
- More than 42 days notice: deposit only
- 60 - 42 days: 30% of final invoice
- 41 - 28 days: 50% of ﬁnal invoice
- 27 - 7 days: 75% of ﬁnal invoice
- 1 - 7 days and date of departure or later: 100% of ﬁnal invoice.
Should Egypt Archaeological Tours need to cancel your booking, all monies paid by you will be returned by them.
- All participants must take out suitable travel insurance
- Participants must not travel against medical advice
- Steps and slopes on archaeological sites in Egypt can be steep, uneven and unstable. This tour is designed for people in good health with good mobility.
Egypt Archaeological Tours Ltd. reserves the right to alter the itinerary or hotels to a similar grade, if circumstances dictate. Their holidays are ATOL protected (No. 10944).
This BSS in Egypt course is based on handouts specially prepared for BSS. However, please bring along a copy of:
- Collier, M. & Manley, B. (2003) How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Revised Edition (or earlier edition is fine). British Museum Press.
And if you have copies of either of these books, you may find it helpful to bring them along too:
- Allen, J. P. (2000) Middle Egyptian. Cambridge University Press.
- Faulkner, R. O. (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Griffith Institute.