Egyptian Archaeology

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-OR/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course, reserved for postgraduate students, aims to provide an in-depth study of the Egyptological discipline. It deals in particular with various aspects of Egyptian archeology, paying attention to the history of the discoveries and the most recent results of research. The student will also be introduced to the methodology of archaeological research in Egypt, with the presentation of specific case-studies. The most important archaeological discoveries made in Egypt since the 19th century will be presented, in addition to the most recent or ongoing ones. Particular attention will be paid to the archaeological activities in Egypt of the University of Milan. It will also present the history of the formation of Egyptological collections, with the problems related to it, through the documentation preserved in the Egyptology Archives of the University of Milan, with practical exercises (a teaching unit is provided in English).
The educational objective of the course is to develop knowledge of all aspects of Egyptian archeology, from the history of discoveries to current methodologies and to provide the student with the basic skills necessary for intervention in the field.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student must have acquired a thorough knowledge of the main Egyptian archaeological sites and monuments, the history of discoveries and the field research methodology applied in Egypt.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The classes will take place remotely, mainly in synchronous form, through Teams, class: Archeologia egiziana 20/21. However, the recording of the lessons will also be posted on the Ariel platform.
If the sanitary conditions permit, periodic meetings are scheduled with the students, in small groups, at the Library and Archives of Egyptology.
Students will find all the information to access the classes (link etc.) and any changes to the reference material (bibliography etc.) on the Ariel platform.
If it is not possible to take the exam according to the methods provided in the Syllabus, the exam will take place electronically with the methods that will be communicated on the Ariel platform of the discipline at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
The course consists in the deepening of the Egyptological discipline. It deals with specific aspects of Egyptian archaeology, with particular attention to archaeological methodology, the history of discoveries and the latest results of field research. In teaching unit A students will be introduced to the methodology of archaeological research, with the presentation of specific case-studies. Teaching unit B will present the most recent archaeological discoveries in the area of Aswan, from Prehistory to the Roman Age, with particular attention to the activities of the Mission of the University of Milan (EIMAWA: Egyptian-Italian Mission at West Aswan). Teaching unit C (in English) will present the great archaeological discoveries in Egypt and the history of the formation of Egyptological collections through the documentation preserved in the Egyptology Archives of the University of Milan.
Prerequisites for admission
Students must have successfully taken an Egyptology examination, therefore having acquired a basic knowledge of the archaeology, history, culture and language of Pharaonic Egypt.
Teaching methods
Teaching units A and B consist of:
- Synchronous lectures accompanied by images and videos, so as to enable students to associate archaeological and textual data with historical and cultural ones, and to learn more about archaeological sites and the most recent discoveries made in Egypt. Much attention will be paid to the excavation methodology. Copyright-free images will be provided to students via the ARIEL platform. Some copyright-free essays will also be uploaded on ARIEL. Through the images and explanations provided during classes, students can acquire, also with the aid of the volumes indicated in the bibliography and specific essays suggested during the course, a thorough knowledge of Egyptian archaeology and of the most recent discoveries in Egypt, including those of the University of Milan in Aswan. Students who have successfully followed this course will eventually be selected, at the end of their studies, to participate in the archaeological mission in Aswan.
- Students will be assigned a specific theme to be explored, either in groups or individually and with the help of the teacher. The research carried out must be summarized in a powerpoint presentation, including texts and images, which will be illustrated by the student during the last week of classes.
- Some classes will be held at the Library of Egyptology, so that the student learns to know and use the main tools for Egyptological research.
Teaching unit C is offered in English. It consists of lectures and practical exercises. These will be carried out at the Egyptology Archives of the University of Milan, so that students can directly view unpublished materials and learn how they should be stored, digitalised and studied.
Class attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Bibliography

Teaching Unit A
- Personal notes from the classes.
- Specific essays mentioned during the classes.
- IAN SHAW, Exploring Ancient Egypt, Oxford 2003 (or later editions).

Teaching Unit B
- Personal notes from the classes.
- Specific essays mentioned during the classes.

Teaching Unit C
- Personal notes from the classes.
- P. PIACENTINI (ed.), Egypt and the Pharaohs. From the Sand to the Library. Pharaonic Egypt in the Archives and Library of the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano-SKIRA, 2010 (Chapter III, uploaded on the ARIEL platform).
- P. PIACENTINI (ed.), Egypt and the Pharaohs. From Conservation to Enjoyment. Pharaonic Egypt in the Archives and Library of the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano-SKIRA, 2011 (Chapters I and II, uploaded on the ARIEL platform).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students' expected learning outcomes are ascertained through an oral exam. The exam consists of an interview on the topics of the programme, aimed at verifying thorough knowledge of the history of Egyptian archaeology, of the main and most recent discoveries, as well as of the different methodologies applied to excavation in the different Egyptian archaeological contexts. A good knowledge of the Egyptological Archives of the University of Milan is also required. During the interview, images of monuments, archaeological sites, archival materials (shown during the classes or in the Archives during the course, or present in the volumes in the bibliography) will be presented to students. Students are expected to be able to recognize and contextualize them.
Evaluation criteria will be: ability to present the acquired knowledge in a clear and exhaustive way; capacity for critical reasoning on the study carried out; quality of exposure; competence in the use of specialized vocabulary; ability to prepare and present through powerpoint a personal research on a specific topic agreed with the teacher.
Marks are out of 30 (minimum 18, maximum 30/30 cum laude).
Student can attend teaching units A and B or A and C to obtain 6 credits (the introductory module A is mandatory). Students aiming at 9 credits must attend units A, B and C.
It is not possible to obtain only 3 credits (attending a single unit).
Unita' didattica A
L-OR/02 - EGYPTOLOGY AND COPTIC CIVILIZATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-OR/02 - EGYPTOLOGY AND COPTIC CIVILIZATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-OR/02 - EGYPTOLOGY AND COPTIC CIVILIZATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday 11am-13am, Thursday 11am-12am, on appointment by e-mail
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