Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia studies

From 2008-9, undergraduate teaching in the languages, history and archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Egypt and Mesopotamia) will transfer from the former Faculty of Oriental Studies to the Department of Archaeology. The new Ancient Near East courses will offer the opportunity to learn ancient languages (Middle Egyptian and/or Akkadian) from the first year, together with a broad introduction to the history and cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia. In the second and third years, students will combine advanced language learning with in-depth study of archaeology and history. Opportunities for fieldwork and museum projects will provide practical experience.

Suggested reading:

Egypt: Kemp, B. 2005 (2nd ed.) Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization. Routledge. Manley, B. 1996. The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt. Penguin. Quirke, S. 1992. Ancient Egyptian Religion. British Museum Press. Shaw, I. (ed.) 2000 The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Cambridge University Press.

Mesopotamia: Crawford, H. 2004 (2nd ed.). Sumer and the Sumerians. Cambridge University Press. Postgate, N. 1992. Early Mesopotamia, Society and Economy at the Dawn of History. Routledge. Van de Mieroop, M. 2003. A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 BC. Blackwell Publishers.