This 10-part course, the second in our online course programme and a re-imagining of our popular 2015 evening class will chart ten key technologies and inventions that the ancient Egyptians either developed or adopted. Even when an invention or tool from a neighbour was adopted, the Egyptians often came up with their own ingenious and distinctly Egyptian ways of utilising the technology

Examining the technological development of the ancient Egyptian state from written and artefactual evidence, this course will consider the various tools, machines, and methods that the ancient Egyptian craft workers and artisans employed. Each week will feature a new technological development or machine ranging from stone quarrying to chariot making. Teaching will make use of the EES archive, experimental archaeology, videos, and a variety of online resources. No prior knowledge of Egyptology is required.

Online lessons will be held at the following times (UK):

Monday 19th October 18:00-19:30 (Knives and handaxes)
Monday 26th October 18:00-19:30 (Ropes and boats)
Monday 2nd November 18:00-19:30 (The plough)
Monday 9th November 18:00-19:30 (The loom)
Monday 16th November 18:00-19:30 (Drilling)
Monday 23rd November 18:00-19:30 (Bricks)
Monday 30th November 18:00-19:30 (Surveying)
Monday 7th December 18:00-19:30 (Smelting)
Monday 14th December 18:00-19:30 (The kiln and potter's wheel)
Monday 21st December 18:00-19:30 (Chariots)

Classes will not be recorded or available following the live streaming. Weekly topics are subject to change. Digital handouts may be provided by email, but are not guaranteed and will not be sent in advance. 


Dr Sarah K. Doherty is a Ceramicist for the Amarna Project’s Great Aten Temple, a Buildings Archaeologist in the UK Commercial Archaeology Sector and is an Archaeology Tutor at Oxford University. She undertook her BA and MA at UCL, and her PhD at Cardiff University focusing on Egyptian ceramics and technology. This was published in 2015 as The Origins and Use of the Potter's Wheel in Ancient Egypt. Sarah’s research interests include pottery, settlement archaeology, experimental reconstruction of ancient craft, and ancient technology.

Sarah has worked at a wide variety of sites in Egypt, Sudan and Europe. Key sites in Egypt and Sudan include Gebel el Silsila, Heit el Gurob, Amara West (Sudan), Amarna, Valley of the Kings. She is at her happiest digging up complete huge pots in New Kingdom sites.  


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. 

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.

Cairo Associates

If you are an EES Cairo Associate, then please contact the Cairo Office to receive discounted tickets. You can also renew your Cairo Associate subscription or join by contacting the Cairo Office. The joining link will be emailed to you before the event starts. 


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