Schedule

WEEK 1 (8/30)

  • Introduction to the class

WEEK 2 (9/14 & 9/16)

  • The Environment of the Nile Valley & Surrounding Area
  • Chronology of Ancient Egypt
  • Understanding the Language & Writing of the Ancient Egyptians

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 3 (The Environmental Background to Pharaonic Civilization: Geography, Environment, Agriculture, and Natural Resources)

Hassan, Fekri (1997). The Dynamics of a Riverine Civilization: A Geoarchaeological Perspective on the Nile Valley, Egypt. World Archaeology 29(1), pp. 51-74; Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/124996 (accessible though MSU libraries e-resources services)

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient EgyptChapter 2 (Hieroglyphs, Language, and Pharaonic Chronology)

Ward, William (1992). The Present Status of Egyptian Chronology. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 288, pp. 53-66; Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1357231 (accessible though MSU libraries e-resources services)

Assignments

Blog #1 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 3 (9/11 & 9/13)

  • A Brief History of Egyptology and Egyptian Archaeology
  • Archaeology vs. Egyptology

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, pp 3-19

Hassan, Fekri (2010). Egypt in the Memory of the World. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 259-273) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Assignments

Blog #2 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 4 (9/18 & 9/20)

  • The Early Prehistory of the Nile Valley and Surrounding Area
  • The Paleolithic
  • The Neolithic
  • Understanding the Predynastic
  • Origins of Agricultural in the Nile Valley & The Beginnings of the Predynastic

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 4 (Egyptian Prehistory: The Paleolithic and Neolithic)

Assignments

Blog #3 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 5 (9/25 & 9/27)

  • The Lower Egyptian Predynastic Sequence
  • Case Study: Ma’adi & Buto
  • The Foundations of the Predynastic in Upper Egypt: The Naqada Culture
  • The Upper Egyptian Predynastic Sequence
  • Upper Egyptian Predynastic Case Study: Hierakonpolis

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, pp 89-104

Assignments

Blog #4 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 6 (10/2 & 10/4)

  • Upper Egyptian Predynastic Case Study: Hierakonpolis
  • Class cancelled 10/4

Readings

Michael Allen Hoffman, Hany A Hamroush and Ralph O. Allen (1986). A Model of Urban Development for the Hierakonpolis Region from Predynastic through Old Kingdom Times. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt , Vol. 23, (1986), pp. 175-187; Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40001098 (accessible though MSU libraries e-resources services)

Assignments

Blog #5 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 7 (10/9 & 10/11)

  • The Foundation of the Egyptian State
  • Textual Evidence for the Unification of Egypt
  • Archaeological Evidence for the Unification of Egypt
  • Film: Egypt Uncovered: Chaos and Kings

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, pp 104-108

Kohler, E. Christiana (2010). Theories of State Formation. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 36-54) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Assignments

Blog #6 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 8 (10/16 & 10/18)

  • The Early Dynasties
  • Abydos and the Early Dynastic Royal Tombs
  • Stability & State in the Old Kingdom
  • Age of the Pyramids

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, pp 109-162

Assignments

Blog #7 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 9 (10/23 & 10/25)

  • Class cancelled 10/23
  • Film: Egypt Uncovered: The Resurrection Machine

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, pp 162-194

Lehner, Mark (2002). The Pyramid Age Settlement of the Southern Mount at Giza. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 39, pp. 27-74; Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40001149 (accessible though MSU libraries e-resources services)

Assignments

Archaeological site report due 5pm Friday

WEEK 10 (10/30 & 11/1)

  • Life During the Old Kingdom
  • Old Kingdom Case Study: Heit el-Ghurab (Lost City of the Pyramids)
  • The Collapse of the Old Kingdom
  • The First Intermediate Period
  • Recovery and Re-unification
  • The Middle Kingdom: Stability and Feudal Rivalries

Readings

Wegner, Josef (2010). Tradition and Innovation: The Middle Kingdom. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 119-142) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Lehner, Mark (2010). Villages and the Old Kingdom. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 85-101) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Assignments

Bonus Archaeology Site Report Wikipedia Entry due by 5pm on Friday

WEEK 11 (11/6 & 11/8)

  • Collapse of the Middle Kingdom
  • The Second Intermediate Period
  • Immigration During the Second Intermediate Period
  • Foundation of the New Kingdom: The Egyptian Empire

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, pp 195-206

Schneider, Thomas (2010). Foreigners in Egypt: Archaeological Evidence and Cultural Context. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 143-163) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Assignments

Research paper proposal due (by 5pm Friday).

Blog #8 Due (post Due Friday before midnight, response due Sunday by 5pm).  For this one, you can “double dip” – posting your research paper proposall (you will still need to put it on the class wiki as well).  This means that you will receive feedback from your classmates (and offer feedback in return). The only difference is that you will need to comment on at least 2 posts (as opposed to just 1, like usual)

 WEEK 12 (11/13 & 11/14)

  • The New Kingdom: The Military State
  • The “Heretic” Akhnaten?
  • Religious Politics in the New Kingdom
  • New Kingdom Case Study: Deir el-Medina
  • Loss & Collapse of Empire

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 8 (The New Kingdom)

Wendrich, Willeke (2010). Identity and Personhood. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 200-219) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Assignments

Blog #9 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 13 (11/20 & 11/20)

  • Classes cancelled for Thanksgiving

WEEK 14 (11/27 & 11/29)

  • Third Intermediate Period
  • The waning political power and influence of Egypt
  • Egypt and Assyria
  • The Late Period
  • Nubia, Kush, and Acculturation
  • Egyptian Hellenization
  • Late Period Mortuary Practices

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 9 (The Third Intermediate Period and Late Period)

Taylor, John (2010). Changes in the Afterlife. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 220-240) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

Assignments

Blog #10 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 15 (12/4 & 12/6)

  • Hellenistic Egypt
  • Agricultural & Economic Change
  • Roman Egypt
  • Core vs. Periphery: The Roman Province of Egypt
  • Roman Social Bureaucracy: Changes in Social Organization
  • Collapse of Roman Imperial Egypt and the Emergence of Christian Egypt
  • (Future of Egyptian Archaeology)

Readings

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 10 (The Greco-Roman Period)

Wilson, Penelope (2010). Consolidation, Innovation, and Renaissance. In Willeke Wendrich (Ed.), Egyptian Archaeology (pp. 241-258) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (read)

FINALS WEEK

  • Research Paper Due 12/11 by 5pm
  • Bonus Blog Due 12/11 by 5pm (no response required). Respond: Which aspect (topic, etc.) in Egyptian archaeology (that we either covered in class or didn’t cover in class) do you think is the most important?  Why?  Make your argument!

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