Institute of Archaeology

Old and Middle Egyptian Texts


The course builds on ARCL2046 Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Language. It aims at an intermediate knowledge level of Middle Egyptian language, to explore ancient writing as one element of the archaeological record for Bronze Age Egypt. It is structured around the discussion of Old and Middle Egyptian grammar, questions of Egyptian scripts, and the interpretation of Old and Middle Kingdom writings in their wider archaeological, social, and cultural context.

Aims and Objectives

  • The course provides training for students who wish to build on a basic knowledge of Middle Egyptian grammar, and gain a basic understanding of Old Egyptian, and to include study of Old and Middle Egyptian writings in archaeological context for their BA dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course the students should:

  • be able to read intermediate Old and Middle Egyptian texts
  • be able to assess critically the value of Old and Middle Egyptian texts for agendas within archaeology, history and heritage

Teaching Methods

The course is taught through a series of 20 hours. Teaching is shared with the MA course ARCLG333 Old and Middle Egyptian Texts


The course is assessed by means of one essay of 2,500 words contributing 50% to the final mark and a two hours exam contributing 50% to the final mark.

Course information

  • Code: ARCL3100
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Coordinator: Stephen Quirke
  • Prerequisite: ARCL2046 or equivalent understanding of Ancient Egyptian language and literature
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For registered students

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  • Running in 2016-17

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