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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 courses 2019 – recommended reading

Coptic for Beginners

C. Cannuyer (2001) Coptic Egypt. The Christians of the Nile. Thames & Hudson.

 

Reading Coptic

C. Cannuyer (2001) Coptic Egypt. The Christians of the Nile. Thames & Hudson.

This course is based on handouts specially prepared for BSS. However, if you have this book, you might find it helpful to bring it along to classes with you:
Smith, R. (1993) A Concise Coptic-English Lexicon. Scholars Press, Atlanta.

 

Ancient Egypt Rediscovered: New methods and techniques in Egyptology

Attardi, G. et al. ‘3D facial reconstruction and visualization of ancient Egyptian mummies using spiral CT data: Soft tissue reconstruction and textures application’ Download: http://medialab.di.unipi.it/Project/Mummia/SIGGRAPH99/
Fletcher, A., Antoine, D. and Hill, J.D. (2014) Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum. The British Museum Press, (Chapter 3).
Friedman, R. et al. (2018) ‘Natural mummies from Predynastic Egypt reveal the world’s earliest figurative tattoos’ Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 92: 116-125. Download: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2018.02.002
Manley, B., Eremin, K., Shortland, A. and Wilkinson, C. (2002) The facial reconstruction of an ancient Egyptian queen’ Journal of Audiovisual Media in Medicine, Volume 25:155-159. Download: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0140511021000051144
McCarthy, J. (2014) ‘Multi-image photogrammetry as a practical tool for cultural heritage survey and community engagement’ Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 43, March 2014: 175-185. Download: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440314000132
Nicholson, P. and Shaw, I. (2000) Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology. Cambridge University Press.
Rühli, F., Ikram, S. and Bickel, S. (2015) ‘New ancient Egyptian human mummies from the Valley of the Kings, Luxor: anthropological, radiological, and Egyptological investigations’. BioMed Research International, Volume 2015, Article ID 530362: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/530362
Strouhal, E. (1992) Life in Ancient Egypt. London: Opus.
Tyldesley , J. (2018) Nefertiti’s Face: The Creation of an Icon. Profile Books.
Zesch, S. et al. (2016) ‘From first to latest imaging technology: Revisiting the first mummy investigated with X-ray in 1896 by using dual-source computed tomography’ Eur J Radiol Open. 2016; 3: 172–181. Download: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4968187/

 

Hieroglyphs: The next step

It is essential that students attending this course bring along a copy of this course book to each class:
Collier, M. & Manley, B. (ideally 2003 revised edition, but earlier edition fine) How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs. British Museum Press.

If you have either of these books, you will find it helpful to bring them along to classes with you:
Faulkner, R. O. (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Griffith Institute.
Manley, B. (2012) Egyptian Hieroglyphs For Complete Beginners. Thames & Hudson.

 

Reading Hieroglyphs: Praise and betrayal

This course is based on handouts specially prepared for BSS. However, if you have copies of either of these books, you will find it helpful to bring them along to classes with you:
Collier, M. & Manley, B. (2003) How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Revised Edition (or earlier edition is fine). British Museum Press.
Faulkner, R. O. (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Griffith Institute.

 

Ancient Egypt in 100 People

Rice, M. (1999) Who’s Who in Ancient Egypt. Routledge.
David, R & A. (1991) A Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. Routledge.
Price, C. (2018) Pocket Museum: Ancient Egypt. Thames and Hudson
Shaw, I. (ed.) (2004) The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press.

 

War, Strife and Conquistadors: Mesoamerica in the postclassic period

Baudez, C.-F. & Latsanopoulos, N. (2010) ‘Political structure, military training, and ideology at Chichen Itza’. Ancient Mesoamerica 21(1): 1-20. Cambridge University Press. Available online.
Evans, S. Toby (2013) Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History. Thames & Hudson.
Smith, M.E. and Berdan, F. (eds.) (2003) The Postclassic Mesoamerican World. The University of Utah Press.
Hassig, R. (1995) Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control. University of Oklahoma Press.

 

Ancient Assyria: Power and idealogy

Bahrani, Z. (2008) Rituals of War: the body and violence in ancient Mesopotamia. Zone Books.
Cohen, A. and Kangas, S.E. (eds.) (2010) Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II. A Cultural Biography (Hood Museum of Art)  
Curtis, J. and Reade, J.E. (eds.) (1995) Art and Empire. Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum. British Museum Press.
Liverani, M. (2013) The Ancient Near East. History, Society and Economy. Routledge.
Saggs, H.W.F. (1984) The Might that was Assyria. Sidgwick and Jackson.

 

Ancient Egyptian Literature: A voyage through history, culture and religion

Lichtheim, M. (2006 and earlier editions) Ancient Egyptian Literature. (3 volumes: The Old and Middle Kingdoms; The New Kingdom; The Late Period). University of California Press.
Parkinson, R. (1991) Voices from Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Middle Kingdom Writings. British Museum Press.
Parkinson, R. (1998) The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems: 1940–1640 BC. Oxford University Press.
Simpson, W.K. et al. (2003 and earlier editions) The Literature of Ancient Egypt. Yale University Press.
Wilkinson, T. (2016) Writings from Ancient Egypt. Penguin Classics.