NES 18: INTRODUCTION TO EGYPTOLOGY
(Fall Semester 2010; TuTh 3:30-5:00; 105 Northgate)
C.A. Redmount, 242 Barrows Hall; Tel: 642-3757 (Dept.); E-mail:
Office Hours: W 2:00-4:00 or by appointment
Tonie Catanzariti, M 12-1, 2-3; Kiersten Neumann, Tu 12-1, 1-2 ; Mailboxes: NES Dept
NES 18 is designed as a general introduction to ancient Egyptian
civilization, Egyptian archaeology, and the modern field of study known as Egyptology. The course provides
"once over lightly" summary coverage of ancient Egypt and assumes no prior knowledge of the subject matter.
When you complete this course, you should have basic overview knowledge of what we know today about
ancient Egypt, of the history of the development of that knowledge, and of the tools used by modern scholars to
study ancient Egyptian culture. Virtually all of the lectures are illustrated extensively with PowerPoint slides,
and heavy reliance is placed upon archaeological materials to elucidate the culture.
Sections, led by GSIs, are an
important part of the course and meet once a week, often in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of
Anthropology in Kroeber Hall. The Hearst Museum has a collection of some 19,000 ancient Egyptian objects,
and a major exhibition focusing on ancient Egyptian artifacts is currently on display in the exhibit hall. Your
GSIs will use this material for section activities, and you will also have the opportunity to visit the basement of
the museum to view materials that are not on public display.
: The three required texts for the course are: 1) D.J. Brewer and E. Teeter,
revised ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2007); 2) C. Aldred, 3
ed. revised and updated by
(Thames and Hudson, 1998); and 3)
, edited by David P. Silverman
(Oxford University Press, 2003).
Highly recommended as basic references are the
Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt
by J. Baines and J.
Malek (Checkmark Books, 2000), and Bill Manley,
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Books, 1996). For those wishing more in-depth reading, I. Shaw, ed.,
The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
(Oxford University Press, 2004), and D.B. Redford, ed., Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (Oxford University
Press, 2000) are excellent places to start. In addition, two newly available introductory books are T. Wilkinson,
The Egyptian World
(Routledge, 2010), and S, Ikram,
Ancient Egypt: An Introduction
2010). For a more advanced and comprehensive overview I would recommend
The Oxford History of Ancient
The Egyptian World
together with the required course texts. If the bookstore doesn't have
the books, all are available from Amazon; all also should be available in the library.