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News and updates: Bloomsbury Summer School, Study Days and BSS in Egypt


8th August 2017

Our 2017 summer courses, as well received as ever

BSS students enjoying Mick Oakey's workshop on Ancient Egyptian stone carving

A group of BSS students enjoying Mick Oakey's workshop on Ancient Egyptian stone carving

We have come to the end of another great summer at BSS. 8 courses attended by just over 150 students of all ages and levels of knowledge. A highlight of Dr Kathryn Piquette's fantastic course on the Technologies of Ancient Egyptian Writing in our final week was Mick Oakey's stone carving workshop.

10th March 2017

Our study day on the Indus Civilisation: a mind-expanding day

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson answers questions at the end of his BSS study day on 8th April

Andrew Robinson, author of The Indus: Lost Civilisations, delivered four fantastic lectures to a great turn-out of 160 of us, keen to discover more about this lesser-known ancient civilisation.

Andrew discussed a civilisation that apparently combined artistic excellence, technological sophistication and economic vigour with social egalitarianism, political freedom and religious moderation. His four lectures were:

We certainly didn’t go home disappointed!

21st February 2017

BSS in Egypt benefits the Petrie Museum

Dr Robert Morkot at Wadi el-Sebua

Dr Robert Morkot at Wadi el-Sebua on our recent BSS in Egypt

We are thrilled to announce that we have been able to make a generous donation to further conservation in the Petrie Museum through the actions of Dr Robert Morkot who has waived his BSS in Egypt lecturing fee in favour of supporting the conservation of Nubian objects in the Petrie Museum.

29th December 2016

BSS in Egypt 2017

Peter Lacovara

Dr Peter Lacovara, Course Director, BSS in Egypt 2017

Another opportunity to join BSS for a course in Luxor. This time studying one of Ancient Egypt’s most fascinating pharaohs – Amenhotep III – with Dr Peter Lacovara, Co-Director of excavations at Amenhotep III’s palace-city at Malqata. A series of 10 lectures combined with relevant site visits, including 5 ‘special openings’ of sites usually closed to visitors.

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19th December 2016

Bringing you a new study day on the Indus Valley

Indus Valley seal

Indus Valley seal from Mohenjo-daro, c.2000BC

Our Spring Study Day sees the return to BSS of Andrew Robinson, author of The Indus: Lost Civilizations, India: A Short History and Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction, as he brings us four lectures on the fascinating ancient Indus civilisation.

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12th December 2016

What a thought-provoking study day John Romer gave us

John Romer

John Romer lecturing – December 2016 BSS Study Day.

John Romer’s television programmes and books have inspired many of us, and for many have sparked a lifelong interest in Ancient Egypt. On 10th December we were fortunate to hear John Romer give four lectures at our BSS study day, tying in with his latest book A History of Ancient Egypt: from the Great Pyramid to the fall of the Middle Kingdom.

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22nd November 2016

Another wonderful BSS course taught in Egypt

Dr Robert Morkot, Temple of Amada

Dr Robert Morkot sharing his insights with BSS in Egypt students at the Temple of Amada.

Our BSS in Egypt 2016 course ‘Nubia: a journey through a drowned land’ in Aswan and on the shores of Lake Nasser was a great success. 19 of us had a fantastic time, very much thanks to our lecturer Dr Robert Morkot, our guide Ahmed El Saghir, and our tour coordinator Galal Alsenusy of Egypt Archaeological Tours. Thank you all!

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20th September 2016

Shipwrecks and Sunken Cities:
A day exploring how maritime archaeology sheds light on Egypt and the Mediterranean’s ancient navigation, trade, industry and religion

Peter Campbell and Aurélia Masson-Berghoff

Peter Campbell and Aurélia Masson-Berghoff

Paul Roberts and Ross Iain Thomas

Study Day speakers Paul Roberts and Ross Iain Thomas

Our study day on September 17th tied in beautifully with the current underwater archaeology exhibitions at the British Museum in London and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Curators of these two exhibitions, Aurélia Masson-Berghoff and Paul Roberts gave lectures, as did the underwater archaeologist Peter Campbell, and director of excavations at the Egyptian port of Naukratis, Ross Iain Thomas.

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3rd August 2016

A wonderful 4 weeks of summer schools

Dr Tim Reynolds

Dr Tim Reynolds demonstrating flint knapping in the BSS Common Room

4 weeks, 8 courses, 161 bookings - July was a fantastic month at Bloomsbury Summer School. Thanks to all our great course directors, guest lecturers, course coordinators, and of course to so many of you for attending our summer schools!

8th July 2016

John Romer returns to Bloomsbury Summer School

John Romer

John Romer at Medinet Habu

Our December study day will be a rare opportunity to hear John Romer speak in the UK. Come and hear this thought-provoking and charismatic Egyptologist give four lectures to tie in with his latest book: A History of Ancient Egypt Volume 2: from the Great Pyramid to the fall of the Middle Kingdom.

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1st July 2016

Autumn study day: Shipwrecks and Sunken Cities

Divers and submerged statue

Underwater archaeologists in Egypt’s bay of Abukir on the Mediterranean coast (Photo: Chris Gerigk © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation)

This day of 4 lectures will focus on this summer’s most talked about topic: Shipwrecks and Sunken Cities: maritime archaeology shedding light on Egypt and the Mediterranean’s ancient navigation, trade, industry and religion. The curators of both current blockbuster underwater exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum and British Museum will be speaking to us, alongside archaeologists from the excavations at the port of Naukratis in Egypt’s Delta, and the shipwrecks in the Fourni archipelago near Turkey.

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15th June 2016

Unique Discoveries and New Ideas: Exciting Times at Hierakonpolis

Liam McNamara, Wim Van Neer, BSS Co-Director Lucia Gahlin,Renée Friedman and Stan Hendrickx

Our lecturers from left to right: Liam McNamara, Wim Van Neer, Renée Friedman and Stan Hendrickx, with BSS’s Co-Director Lucia Gahlin in the middle. Photo: Peter Phillips

Exciting times were certainly had at BSS last Saturday! Dr Renée Friedman, Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition brought together eminent members of her team to share their latest excavations and ideas with 170 of us at our Summer Study Day. We went home with our brains whirling with new interpretations and information. A huge thank you to Reneée Friedman, Wim Van Neer, Liam McNamara and Stan Hendrickx for an enthralling day.

10th March 2016

Our Ancient Mesopotamian Magic and Medicine study day

Dr Irving Finkel

No one makes cuneiform tablets fascinating like Dr Irving Finkel

The British Museum’s charismatic, provocative, and deeply knowledgeable Assyriologist Dr Irving Finkel delighted 175 BSS students on March 5th. All the questions and comments from the audience really added to the day. Very many thanks to Irving Finkel for sharing his extraordinary insights, and so much pre-publication research with us.

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