Schedule

WEEK 1 (8/28)

  • Introduction to the class
  • Student responsibilities, assignments, grading, etc
  • Schedule breakdown
  • Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology class project

WEEK 2 (9/2 & 9/4)

  • 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 Social 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 (9/16 & 9/18)

  • 9/16 Class Cancelled
  • 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 (9/23 & 9/25)

  • 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 (9/30 & 10/2)

  • Upper Egyptian Predynastic Case Study: Hierakonpolis
  • Film: Egypt Uncovered: Chaos and Kings

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 (10/7 & 10/9)

  • The Foundation of the Egyptian State
  • Textual Evidence for the Unification of Egypt
  • Archaeological Evidence for the Unification of Egypt
  • 10/9 – the class will meet in the LEADR lab (Old Hort 112).  This will be the first of your digital skills workshops for the Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology class project.

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 (10/14 & 10/16)

  • This entire week, the class will be meeting in the LEADR lab (Old Hort 112) to continue the  digital skills workshop for the Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology class project.

On Tuesday we will be going through the HTML & CSS opening lesson on Codecademy. Everyone should come prepared with a laptop, if they own one (if you do not, we have a limited number in LEADR for use). This opening lesson will teach you the most simple of basics of structure for an HTML document, as well as introduce you to the concept of tags. Furthermore, you will learn to use all of the tags necessary to complete your Digital Atlas project.

WEEK 9 (10/21 & 10/23)

  • 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
  • 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

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

WEEK 10 (10/28 & 10/30)

  • 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

I’m at Stanford for a meeting on 10/30, so we won’t be meeting face to face.  Instead, I’ll provide a video lecture that covers the material for this lecture.  In addition, the LEADR Lab will also be having open, consulting hours dedicated to ANP455 students who need help working on their Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology projects. These will take place during regular class times on 10/30.  So, if you need help working on your project, you need to take advantage of this time.  Someone will be there specifically to help out with any problems.  Even if you don’t have any significant issues, it would be really strategic to take advantage of this time to work on your portion of the atlas.

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

WEEK 11 (11/4 & 11/6)

  • 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 (11/11 & 11/13)

  • 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 (11/18 & 11/20)

This week, lectures will all be video/online.  We’ll be covering the following topics:

  • 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

The LEADR lab will also be having open, consulting hours dedicated to ANP455 students who need help working on their Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology projects. These will take place during regular class times on Tuesday and Thursday.  So, if you need help working on your project, you need to take advantage of this time.  Someone will be there specifically to help out with any problems.  Even if you don’t have any significant issues, it would be really strategic to take advantage of this time to work on your portion of the atlas.

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)
  • Digital Atlas of Egyptian Archaeology entry due on Friday by 5pm

WEEK 14 (11/25 & 11/27)

  • Thanksgiving, lectures cancelled.

WEEK 15 (12/2 & 12/4)

  • 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

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 12/10 by 5pm
  • Bonus atlas entry Due 12/8 by 5pm

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