What is the course about?
Sir Flinders Petrie died in 1942 at the grand old age of 89, whereas John Pendlebury at a mere 36 had already pre-deceased him in 1940. Both archaeologists had excavated at the famous capital city of Amarna where – respectively in 1892 and the 1930s – they had relished turning their backs on the unromantic aspects of contemporary life. Both men refused to allow any wheeled transport at the site. Here the difference between them ended. Petrie in 1892 was excavating alone, living in a tomb, and eating sardines and semolina pudding. For Pendlebury in the 1930s, Amarna was a dig house offering friendships, kippers and caviar, the romance of dressing up as Pharaoh Akhenaten, high jumping, sack races, and the chance to make documentary films.
What will we cover?
How were the excavations of Petrie and Pendlebury conducted? What precisely did they uncover? What were the respective living conditions on these digs? What was eaten? What, if any, were the leisure activities? Close observation of the finds from both excavations now in the Petrie Museum.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- explain the importance of the excavations of both Petrie and Pendlebury at Amarna
- compare dig life on these respective excavations
- describe and discuss 2 treasures from each of these digs housed in the Petrie Museum.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all, but an interest in Egyptology and/or museums would be helpful.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a series of short tutor presentations, as well as group discussions and tasks. There will also be a visit to the Petrie Museum at University College London. Be prepared to engage in short readings / watching short video clips outside the class. Follow-up reading and links to appropriate websites will enhance the learning experience.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Egyptology classes at City Lit from September.