Accessible for students admitted to (Research) MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations, track Egyptology, and proficient in Late Egyptian and hieratic.
Intensive study of non-literary text sources and archaeological remains from the Deir el-Medina site (from circa 1550 to 1070 BC, the settlement of the workmen that constructed the royal tombs), together with discipline-relevant literature relating to these textual and archaeological sources. The treatment of a theme (social, economic, juridic or administrative) in the literature and the relevant hieratic text sources on papyri and ostraca will be subjected to critical evaluation. The electronic Deir el-Medina Database provides support in this. Each student will concentrate on a partial aspect of the central subject, and provides an oral and written report of literature and source research.
Acquiring experience with primary source material, publications and research tools related to Deir el-Medina, mainly to its New Kingdom documentary sources
Being able to identify the primary source material relevant to one’s research
Being able to conduct a small-scale individual research project, and to present its results, on a specialist level
The timetable is available on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.
Mode of instruction
Common sessions: discussion of relevant literature and primary sources
Individual research of these
Oral presentation and discussion of individual research
Written paper (appr. 10,000 words excluding figures, tables, transcriptions etc.)
oral presentation 20%
written paper 80%
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
Should the final result be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consulation with the teacher. There is no resit for the oral presentation.
Students will be invited to discuss the paper and oral presentation individually with the teacher, as soon as the results have been published.
To be announced during the seminar.
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