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BSS in Egypt 2017

15th December 2017

In the Realm of the Sun King: Thebes in the reign of Amenhotep III

4 – 11 December 2017

Course Director: Dr Peter Lacovara

A new course taught in Luxor by the Co-Director of excavations at Amenhotep III’s palace-city at Malqata, with daily lectures and exploration of relevant ancient sites, including 5 ‘special openings’ of sites usually closed to visitors.

What made this course special...



Course description

Combining lectures and site visits in and near Luxor, this was a course on one of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs. Amenhotep III is known as Amenhotep the Magnificent for his legacy of art and architecture unrivalled by any other pharaoh. As the ninth king of the Eighteenth Dynasty, he ruled Egypt at the apex of her wealth and influence. He reigned for thirty-eight years in the 14th Century BC and transformed the city of Thebes. He built more temples than any other ruler aside from Ramesses the Great and has the greatest number of statues known for any Egyptian pharaoh. Fortunately, many of his monuments survive in and around Thebes. This course gave us a unique look at his reign, and highlighted many new and exciting discoveries that are adding even more to our understanding of one of history’s most accomplished rulers.


Course Director

Peter Lacovara

Dr Peter Lacovara

Peter Lacovara is Director of The Ancient Egyptian Archaeology and Heritage Fund. He was Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum from 1998 to 2014 and before that served as Assistant Curator in the Department of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His archaeological fieldwork has included excavations at the Valley of the Kings, Abydos, Hierakonpolis and at the Giza Plateau. He is currently co-directing the excavation of the palace-city of Amenhotep III at Malqata in Western Thebes with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is also working at the site of Deir el-Ballas. His PhD (1993) is from The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and his publications include studies on Daily Life and Urbanism in Ancient Egypt, Egyptian Mortuary Traditions, and the Material Culture of Ancient Egypt and Nubia.


Course programme

Day 1
Fly from Heathrow to Luxor
Check in to 5* Winter Palace Garden Pavilion for the 7 nights

Day 2
Visit Luxor Museum, and Luxor Temple
Group Lunch
Lecture 1: Advent of the Amenhoteps: Thebes in the early New Kingdom
Welcome Dinner

Day 3
Visit Karnak Temples of Amun and Mut
Group Lunch
Lecture 2: The Dawn of the Sun King: Amenhotep III’s early reign
Lecture 3: Amenhotep in Luxor: Karnak and Luxor Temples

Day 4
Visit Amenhotep III’s temple remains at Kom el-Hetan [special opening], and Amenhotep III’s palace-city remains at Malqata [special opening].
Group Lunch
Lecture 4: Family Matters: Amenhotep III’s wives and children
Lecture 5: The King and his Court: the officials of Amenhotep III

Day 6
Visit Tombs of the Nobles dating to the reign of Amenhotep III: Djeserkareseneb (TT38) [special opening], Nakht (TT52), Ramose (TT55), Menna (TT69), Horemheb (TT78) [special opening], Kheruef (TT192), Paroy, also called Djehutimes (TT 295)
Group Lunch
Lecture 6: Amenhotep III beyond Thebes
Lecture 7: Jubilee times Three: Amehotep III’s Sed Festivals

Day 7
Visit the tombs and temples at El Kab, including Amenhotep III’s temple
Packed lunch
Lecture 8: The Kom el-Hettân
Lecture 9: The Death and Burial of Amenhotep III

Day 8
Visit the Tomb of Amenhotep III [special opening] in the Western Valley; the tomb of Amenhotep III’s father Thutmose IV, and the tomb of Amenhotep III’s grandson Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings
Group Lunch
Lecture 10: After Amenhotep: his legacy and legend
Farewell Dinner

Day 9
Fly from Luxor to Heathrow


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