Art and Artefacts from Ancient Egypt's Golden Empire

Ref: C3745508

Ancient Egypt is known for cultural continuity and traditions that endured for three millennia, and the New Kingdom sometimes referred to as the period of the Golden Empire arguably represents the apogee of the civilization. In this course we explore the scenes from ancient Egyptian tombs from this period and the objects placed within them. Our case studies will include the intact tomb of the craftsman Kha and his wife Merit as well as the boy pharaoh Tutankamun. We will discuss how these objects and tomb scenes support both the journey of the deceased to be reborn for eternity and the role of the tomb as a dwelling place for eternity.

Course aim

In ancient Egypt a tomb was a house for eternity in the afterlife, this course will explore and explain ancient Egyptian tomb scenes and objects from the New Kingdom including those of Tutankhamun.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss a tomb scene from the New Kingdom
  • Briefly summarize the principal contents of the tomb of Kha and Merit
  • Explain what is meant by 'Daily Life Scenes' in ancient Egyptian tombs.
  • Identify at least three artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun

How will I be taught?

  • Well-illustrated presentations with ongoing group interaction with Canvas or Zoom used to provide handouts.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Informal with a few simple anonymous quizzes

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • If time allows newcomers to the subject may benefit from reading a general introduction to ancient Egypt and especially chapters on the New Kingdom.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Online Lectures at the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society and others

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Art and Artefacts from Ancient Egypt's Golden Empire

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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