The course will follow on from the Beginners course and study selected inscriptions from artefacts and monuments.

The course will analyse five Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, to understand the content and context of the texts, build up vocabulary and grammatical experience. The texts will be provided with translations and vocabulary before the class to enable students to look at them in advance and in the class we will dissect the texts carefully and improve on the original translations.

The chosen examples will enable students to tackle other texts they may encounter in their reading or on Museum and site visits. Penny Wilson has chosen texts to reflect the range of different people and their ‘voices’, from Kings to high officials and their workforces, and to deal with practical tasks as well as theological expression.

To participate in this course, we highly recommend that you have attended the EES' previous Beginner course, or are confident in translating Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.



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.

Course Dates

Thursday 21st July, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Week one - Statue transport text of Djehutyhotep, El-Bersheh, Dynasty 12

Thursday 28th July, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Week two - An account of an Expedition to Punt of King Hatshepsut, Dynasty 18

Thursday 4th August, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Week three - Biographical inscription of Nekhebu, Dynasty 6

Thursday 11th August, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Week Four - Stela of King Intef II Wahankh, with two hymns, Dynasty 11

Thursday 18th August, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Week Five – King Tutankhamun’s shrines and mask, Dynasty 18

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


50% of your ticket fee will go toward the Society’s Delta Survey 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, please ensure that you have joined here. 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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