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Mysterious Things: Puzzling Objects And What They Can Tell Us
5 x Monday Evenings 8th Jan- 5th Feb 2024. Times: 7.30-9pm (UK Times) to join live.
We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until Monday 11th March.
One of the unexpected pleasures of studying ancient Egypt lies in discovering objects which puzzle us with their appearance and baffle us with their original purpose.
This five week course will look at ten objects – two each week – which have, to a greater or lesser extent, intrigued modern Egyptologists. Together we will sift the evidence to try to explain what our mysterious things are and what they meant to their original owners.
Just as importantly, we will explore the ways in which these objects lead us into a deeper understanding of aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and everyday life, as each week will have a themed topic in areas ranging from magic to sanitation.
You may have noticed that we are being deliberately mysterious about the objects we have chosen as we would like to encourage you to look at our selection without having been influenced about what others may have said about them. This course encourages you to look with fresh eyes as we try to decipher meaning and purpose!
Professors Steven Snape and Joyce Tyldesley.
Steven Snape is Honorary Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool, he has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1994, and he was Director of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology. He is a specialist in the history and culture of the New Kingdom. He has extensive fieldwork experience in Egypt and has directed several archaeological excavations at sites including the Eastern Delta, Abydos, and the ongoing work at the Ramesside fortress of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. At Abydos Steven directed fieldwork for the University of Pennsylvania at the Seti I Cenotaph Temple Complex. Steven’s Ph.D was on the excavations of John Garstang at Abydos from 1906-1909. His current research focus is on the sacred landscape of ancient Egypt.
Joyce Tyldesley teaches Egyptology online for Manchester University. Author of a wide variety of academic and popular books for adults & children, including books to accompany the television series Private Lives of the Pharaohs, Egypt’s Golden Empire and Egypt. In January 2008 her book Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt, was the Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. Her play for children, The Lost Scroll, premiered at Kendal Museum in 2011. Her book Tutankhamen’s Curse ( Tutankhamen in the USA) was awarded the 2014 Felicia A. Holton Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America. Her most recent book, Tutankhamun: Pharaoh, Icon, Enigma, was published in 2022.”
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