You can read the latest news and updates from our Egyptology experts below.
Egyptology Online would like to welcome our new Certificate students who will be starting their time at the University of Manchester over the next few weeks. We would of course also like to welcome back our old Certificate and Diploma students, as well as students participating in the various Short Courses which will launch on October 15th.
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In October 2018 we will have a brand-new addition to Short Courses: Discovering Ancient Egypt. This course, taught by Joyce with lectures given by Nicky, will explore the tomb robbers, adventurers, and archaeologists who helped shape our understanding of ancient Egypt and bring the civilisation to broader attention. Spaces are still open on the courses and recruitment is on-going until September 30th.
Publication of new book
Dr Nicky Nielsen’s first book Pharaoh Seti I was published on September 11th by Pen & Sword Press. The book constitutes the first public biography of the 19th Dynasty ruler Seti I, the father of Ramesses II. The book is available to buy on Amazon or directly from the publisher.
Did Women Ever rule the World?
Joyce was in Los Angeles appearing as part of a high-profile panel discussion at the Getty Center. She discussed the question ‘Did Women Ever Rule the World’ with fellow Egyptologist Dr Kara Cooney from UCLA and the filmmaker and historian, Bettany Hughes.
The 2018 Award Ceremony was held in the Whitworth Council Chambers on Friday July 27th 2018. We were pleased to welcome graduating Certificate and Diploma students from all over the world along with their families.
Before the graduation ceremony, Joyce gave a talk about her new book Nefertiti’s Face: The Creation of an Icon, and Nicky gave a talk on the future developments of Egyptology at the University of Manchester. The Award Ceremony was followed by a champagne and strawberry reception in the Council Chambers
Joyce on Tour - Tour update
Joyce has been touring the country giving talks on her recently published book Nefertiti’s Face: The Creation of an Icon (Profile Press).
If you have not yet heard her explain why she does not think that Queen Nefertiti ever ruled Egypt, you will be able to catch up with her on 20 October 2018 in York, where she is speaking at the BBC history Magazine’s History Weekend.
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Manchester Egyptologists on TV and in the Radio
During the recent media interest in the discovery that no additional cavities or chambers exist in the Tomb of Tutankhamen, both Joyce and Nicky were asked by various media outlets to provide commentary.
Joyce was interviewed by The Today Programme on the Radio Four Today Programme and also on BBC Scotland, while Nicky was interviewed twice on BBC World News.
The Certificate in Egyptology is an entirely online credit-bearing and university accredited 3-year course taught by Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Dr Nicky Nielsen from Egyptology Online in the University of Manchester.
The course covers all aspects of Pharaonic civilisation, and our students have gone on to undertake MA degrees and PhDs, to publish books and articles about ancient Egypt and to consult on movies and documentaries.
Admissions for the 2018/19 session are now open and more information can be found by following this link.
Short Courses in Egyptology
Over the last year, we have been expanding our provision of online Short Courses. Alongside the old favourites – Tutankhamun, Queens of Ancient Egypt and Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt – we also have a new language course - Speech of the Gods. There are three different classes as part of the course, with one for beginners, one for intermediates and the other for advanced students. The three languages courses were launched in May 2018 with great success.
Filming at the Manchester University
Joyce and Nicky met up with Dr Campbell Price at the Manchester Museum and spent an instructive (and entertaining) afternoon talking to director and producer Claudine Booth who is working on a new documentary about African games and sports.
As part of the filming Nicky and Dr Price played two games of the ancient Egyptian game senet using a replica board but original Late Period faience game pieces from Abydos – quite an experience (even if Dr Price won both games handsomely!).
Nicky was also interviewed about the development of the game of chess and its similarities and differences to senet, while Joyce was interviewed extensively about the development and types of ancient Egyptian games.
During the first few months of 2018 Manchester’s own Dr Joyce Tyldesley has figured prominently in UK and international media talking about her new book Nefertiti’s Face which was published in January in the UK and in March in the USA. She has also been called to comment upon recent research by the British Museum into tattoos found on Predynastic mummies in their collection. As a tie-in to a talk in Bolton, Joyce was also visited by a journalist from The Bolton News who interviewed her about her life and career (and also, of course, about Nefertiti and her famous bust!).
Dr Nicky Nielsen has also had a busy start to 2018, finishing up and editing his first book Pharaoh Seti I: Father of Egyptian Greatness which will be published on September 30th by Pen & Sword Press. It is the first popular biography of Seti I, his life, reign and impact on ancient Egyptian culture. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Manchester has long been a centre for the study of ancient Egyptian human remains and in other research news, Dr Lidja McKnight has added to this corpus of research with a fascinating paper in Experimental Archaeology (1/2018) entitled ‘Re-rolling a Mummy: An Experimental Spectacle at Manchester Museum’.
The paper details a public outreach event hosted at Manchester Museum in 2016 during which a modern mummy (carved from plastizote) was re-wrapped in order to investigate the techniques used to create the elaborate patterns found on Late Period and Graeco-Roman animal and human mummies.
The Manchester Certificate in Egyptology is an entirely online credit-bearing and university accredited 3-year course taught by Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Dr Nicky Nielsen. The course covers all aspects of Pharaonic civilisation and our students have gone on to undertake MA degrees, PhDs, to publish books and articles about ancient Egypt and even to consult on movies and documentaries. Admissions for the 2018/19 session are now open and more information can be found by following the link below. Admissions will close on June 30th 2018.
Joyce and Nicky also run a series of six-week online short courses dedicated to specific aspects of Egyptian history and culture. From May 15th 2018, Dr Tyldesley will tutor students on the three courses Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, Queens of Ancient Egypt and Tutankhamun while Dr Nielsen will be running the three entirely new hieroglyph based short courses: Speech of the Gods: Beginners, Speech of the Gods: Intermediate and Speech of the Gods: Advanced. Students can sign up for any level they feel comfortable with and learn how to translate Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs. Admissions for all short courses remains open until May 1st and the courses start on May 15th.