Studying Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia at University
A Conference for Sixth-Formers
The Royal Asiatic Society and The British Museum, London
Saturday 4th March 2017
Egypt and Mesopotamia (modern Iraq; ancient Sumer, Assyria and Babylon) bequeathed to posterity some of the most fascinating remains from all of the ancient world. Today it is possible to learn the languages, study the artefacts, and reconstruct the most varied aspects of these ancient civilisations in astonishing detail.
But since these subjects are not offered at A level, few sixth-formers are aware that they exist as University subjects; indeed, many A level students might never have had the opportunity to learn about these cultures.
The purpose of this one-day conference is to give sixth formers an opportunity to explore what it is like to study Egypt and Mesopotamia at British Universities: to see what makes the subject area so intellectually and culturally exciting, learn about the various degree courses, and understand what admissions tutors are looking for.
The programme will include talks about careers, information on admissions, and the opportunity to meet current students and academic staff from many of the institutions in the UK that teach these subjects, including: Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, Liverpool, Durham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Reading and Swansea. There will also be gallery tours (led by current staff and students) and sample lectures.
The British Museum, Entrance to Gallery 9
Teachers are welcome to bring groups, but individual students and teachers are equally welcome. This is, in essence, a nation-wide Open Day for the subject area at large.
*Attendance is free.
The event is organised by the Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, in partnership with the Royal Asiatic Society and the British Museum. It is sponsored by the London Centre for the Ancient Near East. Address any queries to: Dr Martin Worthington (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The "Cyrus Cylinder"
The deadline for applying for travel bursaries (11th February) has expired, but we are still prepared to consider applications from students at state schools on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants should write to email@example.com.
|10.00-10.05||Martin Worthington, University of Cambridge||Welcome and Introduction|
|10.05-10.20||Alice Stevenson, UCL||Metal and Society in Predynastic Egypt|
|10.20-10.35||Yulia Chmelenko, University of Birmingham||The Sacred Tree in Ancient Assyria and Adjacent Cultures|
|10.35-10.50||Hratch Papazian, University of Cambridge||Ancient Egypt (re-)animated|
|10.50-11.05||Yağmur Heffron, UCL||Mesopotamia: A History in Mud|
|11.20-11.35||Paul Nicholson, University of Cardiff||Excavation and Experiment in Egyptian Archaeology: the Case of Akhenaten's Glass|
|11.35-11.50||Monica Palmero Fernandez, University of Reading||The Sumerians and the Royal Cemetery of Ur|
|11.50-12.05||Gemma Wood, Swansea University||Egypt's First Ladies - the importance of royal women in ancient Egypt|
|12.05-12.20||Selena Wisnom, University of Oxford||Will the far right triumph in France? Asking the entrails|
|13.05-13.20||Violaine Chauvet, University of Liverpool||The Decoration of Private Tombs as Reflection of Social and Cultural Values|
|13.20-13.35||Magnus Widell, University of Liverpool||Assyriology: Everything you always wanted to know|
|13.35-13.50||Andreas Winkler, University of Oxford||Egyptian Divination|
|13.50-14.05||Kathryn Stevens, Durham University||Graeco-Babyloniaca|
|14.30-15.00||TRANSIT TO BRITISH MUSEUM|
|15.00-15.45||Gallery Tour 1|
|16.15-17.00||Gallery Tour 2|
Note - the event starts and ends in different places (the Royal Asiatic Society, which is near Euston station, and the British Museum, which is a 15 min. walk away)
This is the second time the conference is being run, and we are hopeful it will become an annual fixture. If you would like to be kept up to date for next year, please sign up to the Cambridge Archaeology Outreach Mailing List.
Relevant University Open Days
For those who cannot come to London on March 4th, here are the dates of relevant Open Days and other events:
2017 Open Days
2017 Open Days
Virtual Open Day
2017 Open Days
2017 Open Days
2017 Open Days: Friday 30th June, Saturday 1st July, Saturday 9th September. Contact person for Egyptology: Alice Stevenson.
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Ancient World Essay Competition
Girton College, Cambridge, Humanities Writing Competition
Oxford University, Wainwright Essay Competition (the webpage is hopelessly out of date, but the competition nonetheless runs annually, deadline 30th Sept. They respond to email.)
Recordings of modern scholars reading Babylonian and Assyrian poetry.
Sven Moons' survey of British museums which include Egyptian artefacts.
Manchester's free online taster courses in Egyptology.
Reading, Course information