Egyptian landscapes: archaeological perspectives
The course provides an exploration of issues relating to the natural and built environments of the Nile Valley, delta and adjoining deserts from the Mediterranean to the fifth cataract and from predynastic times to the Islamic period. Changes in climate and local ecology as well as iconic structures such as pyramids will be considered, and case-studies presenting issues of site formation and interpretation.
Aims of the course
To introduce issues and discussions concerning the making of the Egyptian landscape, its variety, and the human response to environmental change
To familiarise students with broader theoretical issues of landscape studies and their application to the Nile Valley
Students will gain knowledge of archaeological landscape study and phenomenology and a detailed grasp of individual case studies
10 2-hour seminars