16 November—7 December 2020

Archaeological study sessions: The Valley of the Kings

Over four weeks we will explore perhaps the most famous archaeological site in the world: Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

For over three centuries, almost every pharaoh found rest in an elaborately decorated tomb, surrounded by their earthly wealth, as did some of the highest ranking members of society. But every one was penetrated by robbers, in some cases within decades – or even days – of the interment, so that, with a handful of exceptions, only fragments of their treasures survive.

Join us for a series of four 90 minute online study sessions on Monday evenings as we travel back to ancient Egypt with Professor Aidan Dodson.

Numbers are limited to allow participants to ask questions and discuss the topics covered.

Sessions will take place via Zoom at 7.30pm (GMT) on:

  • Monday 16 November
  • Monday 23 November
  • Monday 30 November
  • Monday 7 December

*** This series has now started. If you would like to join part-way through the course, please email [email protected] ***

Lectures will be recorded and made available for those not able to attend every session. A reading list and further information will also be provided as part of the course.

Speaker: Aidan Dodson is honorary Professor of Egyptology at the University of Bristol, where he has taught since 1996. He is the author of 26 books, The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt being published by Pen & Sword in 2016.

Archaeological study sessions

Bristol Museums has run a programme of study days since 2013 and an archaeological field school since 2019. Due to COVID-19, this year’s study days will be run online and broken down into several linked sessions. Profits from study days and the field school help support the work of Bristol Museums.

Sessions are open to everyone aged 16 and over and suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before.

The study day programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, curator of archaeology. For more information or to join our mailing list, please contact [email protected].

How to take part

Due to COVID-19, this year’s study days will be run online via Zoom over several sessions.

Please book your place below. Details of how to join each session will be sent to you along with a reminder about your booking in the week leading up to the course. You will also receive a confirmation email once you have registered.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly.