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Introduction to Ancient Egypt

Do you live in Egypt and have you always wondered about all the pharaonic heritage surrounding you? This fall NVIC organizes a beginner’s level, introductory course in Egyptology. In 6 richly illustrated lessons, the history of ancient Egypt will be brought to life, both chronologically as well as thematically. The development of ancient Egyptian art and architecture will be traced, but attention will also be paid to topics like the origin of writing, daily life, and funerary rituals. Moreover, some of the most recent discoveries in the field will be discussed. Apart from classroom instruction, an excursion to the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square as well as an excursion to Saqqara will allow to bring theory into practice.

Practical information

This course will be offered in Fall 2023 (6 November-15 December 2023). It consists of six 2-hour lectures and two excursions as follows:

6 classes of 2 hours, Monday 18.00-20.00h

  • Monday 6 November: The Predynastic and Early Dynastic Period
  • Monday 13 November: The Old Kingdom
  • Monday 20 November: The Middle Kingdom
  • Monday 27 November: The New Kingdom (1)
  • Monday 4 December: The New Kingdom (2)
  • Monday 11 December: The Late Period and Graeco-Roman Period


  1. Friday 1 December: Morning excursion to the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir
  2. Friday 15 December: Full day excursion to Saqqara
  • Djoser complex
  • Teti pyramid complex + mastaba of Mereruka
  • New Kingdom tombs
*Dates may be subject to change


A minimum of 5 (and a maximum of 15) participants is required for this course.

  • 5-9 participants: € 280 p.p.
  • 10-15 participants: € 240 p.p.

Prices include course materials and excursions (transportation to Saqqara + entrance tickets Saqqara and Egyptian Museum)

To register please submit this google form.

For more info, please email m.j.c.de.meyer@nvic.leidenuniv.nl 


Dr. Marleen De Meyer

  • Assistant Director for Egyptology/Archaeology at NVIC
  • Co-director of the Dayr al-Barsha Archaeological Project
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