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Bloomsbury Summer School

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Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring short courses on Ancient Egypt and other areas of the Ancient World.

Summer School 2018 – programme at a glance

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In 2018 we offered eight intensive 5-day summer courses in Hieroglyphs, Coptic, and Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Mesoamerican history, archaeology and culture. They were intended for interested adults of all ages: lifelong learners, students wishing to broaden their studies, and sixth-formers perhaps considering further study in these subject areas..


Monday 2 – Friday 6 July

Reading Coptic: the early texts

Course Director: Dr Bill Manley
Following on from the success of Bill’s Next Step Coptic last year, BSS brought you Advanced Coptic.


Monday 2 – Friday 6 July

Kings, Courtiers, Creatures and Commoners: three millennia of funerary practice at Saqqara

Course Directors: Dr Lidija McKnight and Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin
Lidija was such a hit at BSS in 2017 that we invited her back, this time to direct a course with human remains specialist Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin, on one of Egypt’s most fascinating archaeological sites..


Monday 9 – Friday 13 July

Hieroglyphs for Beginners

Course Directors: Dr Bill Manley and Dr José R. Pérez-Accino

If you’re looking to learn hieroglyphs, you've come to the right place.


Monday 9 – Friday 13 July

Reading Hieroglyphs: Amenhotep III and his court

Course Directors: Dr Bill Manley and Dr José R. Pérez-Accino

Hieroglyph maestros Bill Manley and José Pérez-Accino helped you explore one of Egypt’s most exciting pharaohs through reading ancient texts.


Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July

The Animal World of the Ancient Near East: from mice to men to monsters

Course Director: Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
Back at BSS by popular demand, Lloyd brought you the subject of his latest book, The Culture of Animals in Antiquity.


Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July

Ancient Egypt Reinvented: exploring the manifold identities of Graeco-Roman Egypt

Course Director: Dr Luigi Prada
Luigi gave two fantastic lectures at BSS in 2017, so we invited him back to teach a whole course on one of his passions, Graeco-Roman Egypt.


Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July

Mesoamerica’s Greatest Civilisations: history and archaeology

Course Director: Dr Elizabeth Baquedano
For the first time at BSS, a course exploring the archaeology of Mesoamerica.

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Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July

Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects

Course Director: Dr Campbell Price
BSS-favourite Campbell Price brought us the subject of his latest book, Pocket Museum: Ancient Egypt.