Recordings will be made available for those unable to attend the live sessions!

This comprehensive beginner’s course will introduce the fascinating world of ancient Egypt from its early foundations more than 5,000 years ago to the reign of Cleopatra VII around 30 BCE. We’ll cover all the basics including history, geography, archaeological sites, and artefacts. Together, we’ll learn how the ancient Egyptians lived on the banks of the Nile, what their towns, temples, and palaces looked like and how they were mummified and buried.

Start your journey of discovery into the world of ancient Egypt with this introductory course. 

By the end of the course, attendees will be ready to embark on further, more challenging, EES online courses and be able to recognise Egyptian landmarks.

This course is perfect for those wanting to learn something new with no prior knowledge, parents and children wanting to learn together, or educators wanting some background information before they start teaching it themselves. Sessions have time for audience participation but there is no assessment – it’s just learning for fun!



Carl Graves is the Director of the EES and completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2017 on the topic of the Middle Kingdom cultural landscape of the 16th nome of Upper Egypt. His previous research has focused on settlement archaeology and daily life in ancient Egypt.

Course Outline

Please note that main content will be delivered between 18:00-19:30, though some optional participation (quizes, q&a, etc.) may continue beyond that time. 

Thursday 2nd February, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week One - Ancient Egypt 101
In this session, we will explore the foundations of ancient Egypt from its beginning to its end. We’ll cover timelines and the landscape of northeast Africa setting the scene for future sessions.

Thursday 9th February, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Two - Daily life on the banks of the Nile
This week we will look at some case studies of people that lived in ancient Egypt. From farmers to Pharaohs like Ramesses the Great, we’ll explore their daily lives, such as where they lived, what they ate and drank, and the stories that they read.

Thursday 16th February, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Three - The monuments and art of ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian culture existed for over 3,000 years. The monuments and art that they created remain today as a reminder of their skills and faith. In this session, we will look at ancient Egyptian religion and how this is reflected in art and architecture.

Thursday 23rd February, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Four - Living for eternity: Death and burial in Ancient Egypt
What was mummification and where were people buried? From pyramids to catacombs, Tutankhamun to Cleopatra, we’ll explore the burial places of Egypt and why the ancient Egyptians wanted to be preserved forever.

Thursday 2nd March, 18:00-19:30 (UK time)
Week Five - Tutankhamun and the Amarna Age: Dynastic disarray and discovery
In this final week, we'll take a closer look at the Amarna Period in ancient Egypt from the religious reforms of Akhenaten to the restoration of Tutankhamun and his successors. It also offers an opportunity to look at the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the life and legacy of Howard Carter and the future of Egyptology itself.

Recordings of the live sessions will be made available to attendees following the weekly session for those unable to attend in person. 


Members of the Egypt Exploration Society can book at a heavily discounted rate. If you’re not yet a member but would like to join in order to receive this discount, we are offering up to five months free for new members signing up with this course (your subscription would last until March 2024)! Please ensure that you have joined here, and purchase your EES subscription and course tickets on the same day for this promotion to be valid. If you are a Cairo Associate, then please contact our Cairo Office to reserve your discounted tickets: [email protected] 

Register for your place in advance using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the course. Links for joining the event will be sent by email. If you do not receive your email, then please check your junk folders before contacting the Egypt Exploration Society. The course will be held on our Zoom platform and attendees will be able to interact by asking questions, using the chat and polls. It is not necessary to have a working webcam or microphone for this course. The online course will be complemented by Google Drive, where resources will be uploaded.

Please ensure that you have read our guide to attending EES online events before the course begins.

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