The Archaeology of Egypt and Near East: Applying Lessons from the Past
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- Acquire knowledge and skills relating to the analysis, evaluation and interpretation of the ancient Egyptian material world in its Near Eastern context across time and geographical regions..
- Synthesise primary and secondary sources to develop clear, specific, evidence-based arguments.
- Compare diverse regional cases to link lessons from the past to solutions for the most urgent issues facing societies today.
- Engage with contemporary debates, cultural perspectives and practices to contextualise historical and archaeological knowledge.
- Create content to communicate acquired knowledge & skills to diverse audiences.
- 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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For thousands of years human societies have endured and responded to a variety of challenges, including those related to power, inequality, identity, conflict, climate change, sustainability and health. Archaeology presents an opportunity to learn lessons from the past to address such issues facing societies today and in the future. The unit is an introduction to the people, languages, texts, art and material culture of Egypt in its Near Eastern context from its origins to the end of Late Antiquity (c. 10,000 B.C.E. to 1000 C.E.) and aims to better understand how the societies and cultures of this region succeeded or failed when faced with specific challenges in different social, cultural, religious, political, and environmental contexts.
The unit will pay special attention to the analysis, evaluation and interpretation of sources and consider how the archaeological past is valued, owned and contested by both academic and public communities. Drawing on humanistic and scientific methods and theories, the unit will engage with contemporary debates and diverse cultural perspectives to contextualise historical and archaeological knowledge, consider topics of social relevance today and address the importance of conducting responsible archaeology in the 21st Century.
- Museum Critical Review (20%)
- Blog 1 (35%)
- Blog 2 (45%)
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