Week 1 Schedule

  • Class Introduction Video [watch]

Week 1 Topics:

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

Week 1 Lecture Videos

  • Introduction to the Environment of the Nile Valley & Surrounding Area [watch]
  • The Nile Delta [watch]
  • The Nile Valley [watch]
  • The Annual Innundation [watch]
  • The Nile as National Highway [watch]
  • The Southern Boundary [watch]
  • The Political Geography of Ancient Egypt [watch]
  • Understanding Egyptian Chronology: The Calendar [watch]
  • Ancient Egyptian Historical Memory [watch]
  • Modern Chronological Framework [watch]
  • Hieroglyphs [watch]
  • Hieratic [watch]
  • Demotic [watch]

Week 1 Readings

  • 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)

Week 1 Assignments

  • Blog #1: Introduce Yourself (due by Thursday, July 5th, @ 5pm).  This blog is a little different.  First, it is due on Thursday.  Second, this blog doesn’t require a response (like all of the other blog entries in the class).  This is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself.  Talk about your major, your academic interests, why you are taking this class, what you do for fun – whatever.  You are introducing yourself to your fellow students and me (your professor)

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