Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- Acquire knowledge of the geography, chronology and significant developments from the Predynastic to Late Antique periods.
- Contextualise and acquire knowledge of archaeological data of Egyptian settlements, tombs, temples and associated material culture from the Predynastic to Late Antique periods from published sources.
- Present a clear, coherent, evidence-based description, comparison and analysis an ancient Egyptian artefact.
- Analyse and critique primary and secondary sources, illustrating basic skills in research, the ability to write effectively, communicate orally and reflect on the learning experience.
- Present written work to a high standard, with appropriate use of sources and accurate referencing.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
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This unit explores the development of ancient Egyptian culture in its Near Eastern context from the Predynastic period to the end of Late Antiquity (ca. 5000 BCE to 1000 CE) as reflected in the archaeological record. The themes studied will deal with both funerary and settlement archaeology and isolate key developments in burials, dwellings, religious buildings and objects of daily use. The unit will draw on the experience of extensive fieldwork by Macquarie University staff in Egypt and the Near East and incorporates object based learning drawing on the Egyptian antiquities collection in the Macquarie University History Museum. Students will gain a solid understanding of the geography, chronology and archaeology of the ancient Egyptian culture, which will be contextualised within developments in the wider region of the Near East, as well as an understanding of the key problems and controversial areas of interpretation as a basis for further specialised study in the discipline.
- Online Quiz (25%)
- Documentation exercise (30%)
- Object study (45%)
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