How Ancient Egypt was Rediscovered at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Flinders Petrie at Abydos - Egypt Exploration Society

Here is a course that for anyone interested in the history of Egyptology will love!

From Saturday 19 October 2013 to Saturday 23 November 2013 the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry are offering a 4 week course called How Ancient Egypt was Rediscovered.

Here is information from the Herbert' Museum's website which outlines each sessions content:

"In this course we will explore the remarkable story of how ancient Egypt was rediscovered: From early treasurer hunters and explorers to pioneer archaeologists, we will consider the many people and the amazing discoveries they made to reveal one of the most significant civilizations in human history.

Session 1:
We will explore how Ancient Egypt was viewed by visitors from the Classical World. Greek and Roman tourists provided definitions and descriptions of the ancient monuments of Egypt that still influence our views to the present day.  We will then look at the reawakening of interest in ancient Egypt after the Fourth Century AD when the civilisation collapsed under the emergence of Christianity.
Session 2:
We will look at how the invasion of Egypt by Napoleon in the late 18th Century saw its ancient monuments recorded and discussed by some of the greatest scholars of the day. The discovery of an inscribed block known as the Rosetta Stone led to Champollion to decipher hieroglyphs, the single greatest achievement in the story of Egyptology. Under the ruler Muhammed Ali, Egypt opened up to foreigners and a generation of remarkable explorers and scholars such as Belzoni and Wilkinson reached to new unexplored parts of the country. Emotively called the 'Rape of Egypt' collections of Egypt's cultural wealth were taken from the country to form part of some of the greatest museum collections in the world.
Session 3: 
We will follow the dramatic developments as Egypt becomes more widely explored by a new generation of archaeological pioneers whose scientific methods and lavish publications opened a new understanding of ancient Egypt to many. Along side this development was the rapidly growing tourist industry which threatened to destroy the pristine ancient sites. The demand for antiquities led to wide spread looting. The Antiquities Service founded by Mariette sought to protect sites and administer licensed excavation. Amelia Edwards the Victorian novelist led the way to support the methodical recording and excavation of sites
Session 4: 
We look at the key achievements and discoveries in Egyptian archaeology led by the remarkable pioneer Flinders Petrie and his contemporaries. Within a period of 30 years to the end of the Nineteenth Century some of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt were made. New scientific standards, publication, public lectures and exhibitions saw public understanding and appreciation of the ancient Egyptian civilisation reach a new level which has continued to grow through the twentieth century to the present day."
The course is suitable for beginners and those with a moderate knowledge of Ancient Egypt.  It is delivered by Chris Kirby who is Head of Collections and Programmes.  Chris has been involved in Egyptology for many years both in excavations and through research and care of Egyptian collections.  He has also a lot of experience teaching adult education regarding ancient Egypt.  As a former student of his, I can fully recommend his courses!!!
For details of how to book and for fees, click on the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum site here

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