Specialisation Courses

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  • UAB Specialisation Course
  • Code: 3525/7
  • 7th edition
  • Modality: Online
  • Credits: 5 ECTS
  • Start date: 19/10/2021
  • Finish date: 16/12/2021
  • Places: 25
  • Orientation: Academic
  • Price: 130 €
  • Teaching language: Spanish
Apart from the great interest that Ancient Egypt arouses in university students and the general public, this course was inspired by our previous experience with the online course in Egyptology, on the Coursera platform, which was well received by both university- and non university-goers, at home, in the rest of Spain and in Hispanic America, and shows the great potential that such courses have.


The civilisation of Ancient Egypt developed in a geological and geographic context that explains many of its cultural adaptations and achievements, along with the essence of its material culture. We need to understand this context before we can understand Egyptian archaeology, its monuments and the materials used. Therefore, in the first part of this course, we will begin by studying the ancient topography and the geological map of the Nile Valley, in order to gain a better understanding of how different building materials were used in different parts of the country, and then we will go on to study the main mineral extraction sites (quarries and mines, often in inhospitable locations), extraction methods and access routes. However, certain raw materials used by the Egyptians were not indigenous but brought in from other, sometimes faraway, lands. So in the second part of the course we will describe some methods for determining the provenance of these materials. Typologically speaking, these are semi-precious stones (lapis lazuli, turquoise and obsidian) and metals (copper, arsenical copper and bronze). By identifying the provenance of these materials, we can discover the major international trade routes between Egypt and its nearest neighbours (Mesopotamia, the Sinai Peninsula, and Nubia), and also more distant ones: the Aegean, Afghanistan, East Africa and Uzbekistan. Finally, we will study the materials that are not found in nature, but are the result of a manufacturing process, such as glass and the so-called Egyptian blue, which spread from Egypt all over the ancient world.

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Coordinating centres

Instituto Interuniversitario de Estudios del Próximo Oriente Antiguo


Jose Lull Garcia

Phone: 93 586 88 34

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