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This ten-week course introduces ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the language that they write, and the culture they represent.

Egyptian temples and tombs are covered in Egyptian picture-writing. The script contains the ideas, rituals and religious beliefs of the Egyptians for over three thousand years. By the end of the course, you will be able to recognise and understand a basic number of the signs and words and what they mean. Begin to unlock the mysteries of the past for yourself!

No previous knowledge is necessary, and homework will not be expected as all will be covered within the weekly two-hour session.

Online lessons will be held live at the following times (UK):
Tuesday 12th January, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 19th January, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 26th January, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 2nd February, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 9th February, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 16th February, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 23rd February, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 2nd March, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 9th March, 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 16th March, 19:00-21:00

Classes will not be recorded or available following the live streaming.


Dr Penelope (Penny) Wilson is Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, UK. She is currently the Director of the EES Delta Survey Project, and Project Director of the joint EES/Durham University archaeological mission at Sais in the western Delta. Penny is a specialist in both Egyptian languages and field archaeology and since 2019 also sits on the Society’s Board of Trustees.


50% of your ticket fee will support the Society’s Research Fund. Thank you.

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, then please ensure that you have already joined here. Subscriptions from members include a donation to support and promote Egypt’s cultural heritage. 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.

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

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