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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 spring 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 is held from 4 until 23 May 2020. It consists of six 2-hour lectures and two excursions as follows:


3 weeks, 6 classes of 2 hours, 18.00-20.00h

  • Monday 4 May: The Predynastic and Early Dynastic Period
  • Wednesday 6 May: The Old Kingdom
  • Monday 11 May: The Middle Kingdom
  • Wednesday 13 May: The New Kingdom (1)
  • Monday 18 May: The New Kingdom (2)
  • Wednesday 20 May: The Late Period and Graeco-Roman Period


Saturday 16 May: morning excursion to the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir
Saturday 23 May: excursion to Saqqara

  • Djoser complex
  • Teti pyramid complex + mastaba of Mereruka
  • New Kingdom tombs


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

  • 5-9 participants: € 250 p.p.
  • 10-15 participants: € 200 p.p.

Prices include course materials and excursions (transportation + entrance tickets)

To register: please fill in the registration form and return it to NVIC before 24 April 2020. Registration is final only when payment is received. For more info, please email info@nvic.leidenuniv.nl


Dr. Marleen De Meyer

  • Postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Assistant Director for Egyptology/Archaeology at NVIC
  • Co-director of the Dayr al-Barsha Archaeological Project
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