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A History of Egypt through the Egypt Centre Collection

A History of Egypt through the Egypt Centre Collection

Date(s) - 09/26/2021 - 11/28/2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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The Egypt Center

This 10-week course will explore the history of Egypt, focusing on the objects in the Egypt Centre collection

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Course Synopsis

With spectacular monuments such as the pyramids and sphinx, and a view of the afterlife that produced thousands of mummies, myths, and artifacts, ancient Egypt has fascinated everyone from Napoleon Bonaparte to school children around the world. Pharaonic history spanned more than 3,000 years and included famous figures such as Tutankhamun, Ramesses the Great, and Cleopatra. This course presents a brief history of ancient Egypt through the artifacts housed in the Egypt Centre collection. Each session will include a one-hour overview of the period followed by a one-hour presentation of the objects from that era in the museum’s collection, many of which are not on public display.



Dr. Ken Griffin is the Collections Access Manager of the Egypt Centre, Swansea University. His association with the Egypt Centre first began in 2000 as a volunteer. Over the past two decades, he has been researching the collection, including publishing a number of the objects. Prior to his appointment as the Collections Access Manager, he was a lecturer in Egyptology at Swansea University. He has visited Egypt on over 50 occasions and participated in archaeological work at Abydos, the Valley of the Kings, the South Asasif necropolis, and Sai Island (Sudan).



In order to be as accessible as possible, this course will be run twice, with sessions taking place via Zoom:

– Sunday evenings 6–8 pm (UK time) – Starting Sunday 26th September

– Wednesday mornings 10 am-noon (UK time) – Starting Wednesday 29th September

By purchasing a ticket for this event, you can attend either the Sunday or Wednesday session, or both, depending on your schedule. A week before the course starts, you will be emailed the Zoom link, which can be used for both sessions. Therefore, participants will have the option of attending either day or both!



Week 1: The Predynastic & Early Dynastic Periods

Week 2: The Old Kingdom

Week 3: The First Intermediate Period

Week 4: The Middle Kingdom

Week 5: The Second Intermediate Period

Week 6: The New Kingdom

Week 7: The Amarna Period

Week 8: The Third Intermediate Period

Week 9: The Late Period

Week 10: The Graeco-Roman Period



This course costs £70, with fees going directly to supporting the Egypt Centre. In particular, the funds will be used to purchase a new writing case for the House of Life gallery. Additionally, participants have the option of adding an extra donation if they wish. Donations, of course, are greatly appreciated! Once you have booked, you will automatically receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. If you haven’t received anything within 24 hours, please contact Ken at

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