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Egypt and Mesopotamia Conference 2018

Studying Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia at University
A Conference for Sixth-Formers

The Royal Asiatic Society and The British Museum, London

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Bookings open Autumn 2017


The Judgment of Ani 

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 (

 The "Cyrus Cylinder"


Travel bursaries

Travel bursaries are available for students at state schools. Instructions for applying will be posted here in due course.



Download provisional programme here: Programme of Events

09.30-10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00-10.05 Introduction 
10.05-10.20 Claudia Näser (UCL) tbc (Egypt)
10.20-10.35 Roger Matthews (Reading) tbc (Mes)
10.35-10.50 Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia) tbc (Eg)
10.50-11.05 Akshyeta Suryanarayan (Cambridge) tbc (Mes/Indus)
11.05-11.20 BREAK
11.20-11.35 Mark Weeden (SOAS) tbc (Hittites)
11.35-11.50 Kate Spence (Cambridge) tcb (Egypt)
11.50-12.05 Christopher Metcalf (Oxford) tbc (Mes)
12.05-12.20 The Egypt Exploration Society tbc (Egypt)
12.20-13.05 LUNCH
13.05-13.20 Yaǧmur Heffron tbc (Mes)
13.20-13.35 Lindsay Allen Ancient Iran
13.35-13.50 Glenn Godenho tbc
13.50-14.05 Paul Nicholson tbc (Egypt)
14.05-14.35 CAREERS PANEL With: Olivier Holmey, Pippa Browne, Paul Harrison
14.35-14.45 ASSEMBLY TIME
15.15-16.00 Gallery Tour 1
16.00-16.30 Treasure Hunt
16.30-17.15 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)



Future editions

This is the 3rd Annual Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia Conference for 6th formers. 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

Relevant university Open Days will be posted here in due course.


Essay Competitions


Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Ancient World Essay Competition

Digital Poster Competition

The Gerald Avery Wainwright digital poster competition, run by Oxford University.


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.

Liverpool, Superpowers of the Ancient World Free Online Course

Reading, Course information


Egypt and Mesopotamia at University : A Conference for 6th Formers held at the British Museum, 5 May 2016

Egypt and Mesopotamia at University : A Conference for 6th Formers held at the Royal Asiatic Society, 4 March 2017