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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.
Joyce has written a new book about the world-famous bust of the 18th Dynasty queen Nefertiti. Nefertiti's Face: The Creation of an Icon will be published on 25 January 2018 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
To celebrate the publication of Nefertiti's Face, Joyce will be giving a public lecture on 25 January 2018 at 18:00 in the Manchester Museum. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. You can book tickets online for this free event or phone the museum on 0161 275 2648.
Some of Nicky's research on Egypto-Libyan relations during the Ramesside Period has been published in the December issue of the academic journal Antiquity. The article is entitled 'Cereal Cultivation and Nomad-Sedentary Interactions at the Late Bronze Age Settlement of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham' and can be purchased online.
- Certificate and Diploma courses
On 6 November, we opened admissions for the 2018 intake of Certificate and Diploma students. These are accredited courses which teach every aspect of ancient Egyptian history and culture, including archaeology, hieroglyphs and art history.
Some of our students have gone on to undertake master's degrees and PhDs in archaeology and Egyptology, publish books and articles, and run Egyptology themed websites and societies. Others have simply enjoyed the opportunity to study ancient Egypt with a group of like-minded individuals.
Why not consider joining them on their journey through the past?
- Short courses
We also have some new courses to offer starting in 2018. Among the most frequent requests/suggestions we've received regarding the Egyptology Online short courses is whether it would be possible to create a short course with a focus on hieroglyphs.
This indeed is possible, and starting on 15 May 2018, we will be running not one, but three online six-week short courses teaching students how to read Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs.
The umbrella name for all three courses will be Speech of the Gods. The three courses – beginners, intermediate and advanced – will be accessible to everyone, regardless of previous experience or knowledge of hieroglyphs or any other ancient language.
The cost of each course is £260 and registration remains open until May 1st – but places are already filling up fast! More information about the structure of the courses and how to register can be found on the short courses page.
Joyce will continue to run her three highly popular online short courses. Queens of Ancient Egypt, Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt and Tutankhamen will also start on 15 May 2018. Registration information for these courses can also be found on the short courses page.
July saw our fourth joint Certificate and Diploma Award Ceremony, and our first ceremony as members of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Once again we enjoyed welcoming students and guests from across the globe to The University of Manchester.
In the morning Dr Joyce Tyldesley gave a brief presentation showcasing the history of online Egyptology at The University of Manchester, and Dr Nicky Nielsen gave a brief presentation detailing his ongoing excavation work.
In the afternoon, the Award Ceremony was followed by a champagne and strawberry reception where staff, students and their guests had a chance to meet each other, in many cases for the first time.
To graduate from the Certificate or Diploma course is an exciting beginning rather than a sad ending. Our ex-students go on to achieve remarkable things. They write articles and books, design websites, edit journals, run societies and draw cartoon mummies.
Some go on to more formal studies at degree, masters or PhD level; others move on to different areas of interest and seek different, equally valid challenges and achievements.
Many remain in touch with their fellow students via our dedicated Facebook group. Their interest in, and good-will towards Manchester and its University, is greatly appreciated.
On April 6-7, the Egypt Exploration Society in cooperation with the Ministry of State Antiquities and the Center for Hellenistic Studies held their 5th Annual Delta Survey Conference at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
The Delta Survey Conference series was formed to provide a forum for archaeologists who excavate sites in Egypt’s Delta region. The papers presented explore various new discoveries, but also the different threats which militate against Delta sites (such as agricultural and urban expansion).
This year, The University of Manchester was represented by Dr Nicky Nielsen. Nicky is the field director of an excavation project in the north-eastern Nile Delta: The Tell Nabasha Survey Project. Tell Nabasha was first excavated by Petrie in the 1880s and since by the Ministry of State Antiquities.
Today, the site is at risk from several different factors, including housing developments and looting. Nicky presented alongside many other Egyptologists, including Director of Foreign Missions in Egypt, Dr. Mohamed Ismail, Dr Henning Franzmeier, Professor Manfred Bietak and Dr Joanne Rowland.
July saw our third joint Certificate and Diploma Award Ceremony. It was lovely to be able to welcome students and their guests to The University of Manchester.
In the morning Drs Nicky Nielsen, Glenn Godenho and Joyce Tyldesley presented brief lectures showcasing their research interests, which range from the traditional (excavation and translation) to the more unusual (Egyptian themed jewellery, and a life-sized re-creation of the Berlin Nefertiti head).
The Awards Ceremony was led by Professor Keith Brennan, with the awards being presented by Emeritus Professor Rosalie David. It was followed by a champagne and strawberry reception where staff, students and their guests had a chance to get to know each other better.
The Award Ceremony marked our last day as a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. From 1 August 2016, Egyptology Online will be a part of the division of Medical Education, in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.
June saw the launch of Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt, a compilation of papers dedicated to Professor Rosalie David OBE and published by Manchester University Press. Professor David’s pioneering work on Egyptian mummies and medicine has been, and still is, of international importance.
The book presents research by leading experts in their fields: this includes recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on Egyptian human remains and unpublished museum objects along with reassessments of ancient Egyptian texts concerned with healing and the study of technology through experimental archaeology.
In April we said goodbye to Dr Glenn Godenho, who left Manchester to take up a position as Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at Liverpool University. Glenn made a huge contribution to all our courses and he will be very much missed. We wish him well in his new job!
As a replacement, we have Dr Nicky Nielsen, a Danish Egyptologist with a PhD from Liverpool University. Nicky's research interests include New Kingdom ceramics and material culture, as well as the history of the Ramesside period.
He has excavated in Europe, Turkey and Egypt and is currently the co-director of the Tell Nabasha Survey Project located near the modern town of el-Hosayneya in Egypt's North-eastern Delta. Welcome to Manchester, Nicky!