Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia

Apr 2016

Professor Morris is pretty down to earth, very approachable and welcoming when you visit her in office hours. She brought chocolate which she passed around during the midterm and final. The readings were light and consistent for this course, not too bad. I have to admit though that this was one of the driest courses I have ever taken. The lectures consist of you going from site to site, talking about what has been unearthed there and a few ideas concerning its use at the time. I had a friend who was going to visit Egypt so he was doing research of his own on places to visit and he would ask me about them to see what I had learned from class and almost always they were places we had not discussed in lecture. This is not a course for the academic tourist, rather its seems to be geared towards those students who are really very interested in archaeology and getting into the details of the lives of the people instead of large impressive monuments. I really wanted to learn more about the pyramids which are so unbelievable in the manner in which they were constructed that I was hoping to spend quite a bit of time on that but, alas, we breezed through them in half a class during the first few weeks. At the end of the day I don't really feel like I learned much from this course which will be useful going forward, I do feel like I learned a lot of things that would be useful if I were going into the field of Egyptian Archeology, however. I recommend going to the first two weeks of this class, if you like the pace and material of those first two weeks, the rest of the semester stays pretty much the same.