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Course Outline

This course outline describes what will be covered in your course.

It also sets out what you should expect to learn. There will be an opportunity for course members to discuss the course content with the tutor.

Course Title ARTEFACTS IN EGYPTIAN COLLECTIONS

Course ID

Start date

No. of sessions

C2415024

04/10/2010

10

Tutor ROSALIND JANSSEN

Day(s)/time(s) MONDAY 1.30-3.30pm

Hours per session

2 Fees

Concession

£68.00

Free on proof of

Income-related benefit

Venue: Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead

Branch/Partner

Branch/Partner contact details

Wanstead WEA

020 85559127

Publicity Description

Why did the Ancient Egyptians bury so many different artefacts in their tombs? How can we identify the material of an amulet, or date a scarab or a shabti figure?

Start to recognise a genuine antiquity from a fake. Mainly derived from tombs, some of these objects belong to the sphere of daily life, others to the realm of the dead.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to examine a selection of the most commonly encountered artefacts in Egyptian collections, and thereby to develop an appreciation for Ancient Egyptian culture.

Main Topics Covered

Bronze deities, amulets, scarabs, shabtis, coffins, canopic jars, hypochephali, funerary cones, fakes and forgeries, and an integral museum visit.

Pre-course preparation: reading, internet research etc.

It would be helpful if you could consult the recommended reading beforehand

– in particular, Shaw and Nicholson’s

British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt

– in order to both acquaint yourself with the categories of artefacts to be studied during the course, and also to refresh yourself with the various periods of Egyptian history.

While most Egyptian Collections have their own dedicated websites, it would be particularly helpful if you could spend some time viewing the following website before the start of the class: www.petrie.ucl.ac.uk

Here you will find the entire 80,000 objects of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology,

University College London, available as an online catalogue.

TITLE

BRITISH MUSEUM

DICTIONARY OF ANCIENT

EGYPT

OBJECT WORLDS IN

ANCIENT EGYPT:

MATERIAL BIOGRAPHIES

PAST AND PRESENT

Essential costs/materials

None

Entry Requirements/Level

AUTHOR

SHAW, I. & NICHOLSON, P.

MESKELL, L.

PUBLISHER

BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS:

LONDON 2002

BERG: OXFORD & NEW

YORK 2004

Would be suitable for those who have a basic prior knowledge of Egyptian history. This course is placed at level 3.

Qualification gained N/A

Awarding Body N/A

Teaching and learning methods used

Tutor presentations, discussion, question and answer sessions, small group exercises, reading hand-outs.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

1. recognize selected Egyptian artefacts

2. explain an artefact’s purpose and its significance

3. recognize change and continuity in the past

4. determine the role of modern conservation

The WEA is committed to equality of opportunity and inclusive learning

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WEA London and Southern Regions' Support Centre

57 Riverside 2, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, Kent ME2 4DP

Tel: 01634 298600 Fax: 01634 298601 email: london&southernrsc@wea.org.uk

The Workers' Educational Association is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1112775) and in

Scotland (number SC039239) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 2806910)

How you will know what you have learnt

Fun formative assessment activities, such as Kim’s game, a source analysis, a crossword, and a museum task.

Suggested Further Study and Progression Routes

Guidance on further reading and websites will be provided throughout the course.

Suggestions will be made about future Egyptology courses, both with the WEA and also with other providers, including distance learning packages. Special mention will be made of volunteering opportunities in museums.

Brief tutor profile

I have academic qualifications in both Egyptology and teaching, in addition to 24 years experience as a Curator in an Egyptian collection. I employ an interactive approach to teaching and learning.

If you would like more information about

other WEA courses, please contact

WEA London and Southern Regions Support Centre

You can now enrol and pay online. Go to www.london.wea.org.uk

The WEA is committed to equality of opportunity and inclusive learning

.

WEA London and Southern Regions' Support Centre

57 Riverside 2, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, Kent ME2 4DP

Tel: 01634 298600 Fax: 01634 298601 email: london&southernrsc@wea.org.uk

The Workers' Educational Association is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1112775) and in

Scotland (number SC039239) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 2806910)

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