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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.

2021 Course timetables

Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 July
This is a 3-day summer course that will be held online only.

The Great Civilisations of the Nile Valley: The land and its people

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Course Co-Directors: Dr Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin and Dr Lidija McKnight (both University of Manchester)
Guest Lecturer: Dr Sarah Doherty (University of Oxford)


Monday 19 July – The Land and its People

11:00* – 11:30**
Participants login to Zoom*; BSS Director’s Welcome Address

11:30 – 13:00
1. The Rise and Fall of the Great Civilisations of the Nile Valley: Climate and environmental factors (K.-O.)

14:15 – 15:30
2. The Melting Pot: The inhabitants of ancient Egypt and Nubia (K.-O.)

16:00 – 17:15
3. (In)Visible People: Children in ancient Egypt and Nubia (K.-O.)


Tuesday 20 July – Daily Life in the Nile Valley

10:00 – 11:15
4. Sticky Fingers, Scratchings, and Pot Marks in Pottery: Finding the humans behind the craft (SD)

11:45 – 13:00
5. The curse and the cure – Environmental health risks and natural remedies (K.-O.)

14:15 – 15:30
6. LIVE from the Manchester Museum: Through the Artefact Lens: Animals and the environment of the Nile Valley (LM)

16:00 – 17:15
7. LIVE from the Manchester Museum Through the Artefact Lens: Functional and beauty objects (K.-O.)


Wednesday 21 July – The Animal Kingdom

10:00 – 11:15
8. The Changing Environment of the Nile Valley: Archaeological evidence for the impact of climate change and human activity in the terrestrial and divine worlds (LM)

11:45 – 13:00
9. The Mummification of Animals: Food offerings, pets, cult animals or votive offerings (motivations and methods behind the preservation of animals for eternity) (LM)

14:15 – 15:30
10. Style over Substance: Why looks really are everything in animal mummification (LM)

16:00 – 17:15
11. Summing up: Concluding comments and final questions (K.-O. and lM)

17:15 – 18:30
End-of-Course Drinks Party and BSS Online Social (guests welcome)


* Zoom waiting room opens 15 minutes prior to the start.
** All times are GMT+1 / British Summer Time (BST)


Timetables, once published, are unlikely to change, but remain provisional until the first day of the course.