Since the discovery of the unlooted tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, archaeology has expanded our knowledge of ancient Egypt in an unprecedented, systematic way. Archaeological expeditions have uncovered, excavated, surveyed and reconstructed large cemeteries, temple areas, and cities, turning their attention both to the monuments of the kings and increasingly, the remains of the normal population. They have conducted work in the Nile Delta, the area most threatened by the unchecked population growth and expansion of modern settlements and industries, as well as in the Western and Eastern deserts, and the traditionally most explored valley of the Nile.
Every year of archaeological work adds new, unexpected evidence to our knowledge of ancient Egypt, forcing the rewriting of entire chapters of Egyptian history. At the same time, the preservation of Egypt's cultural heritage has become an indispensable factor of any archaeological work (even more so after the Egyptian revolution of 2010 and the ensuing turmoil). This class provides an overview of the most important discoveries of Egyptian archaeology in the 20th and 21st centuries, and the efforts to preserve and protect Egypt's ancient heritage.
THOMAS SCHNEIDER, PhD, is a professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at UBC. He earned his degrees from the University of Basel and has published widely in his main areas of research including Egyptian interconnections with the Near East and North Africa, and Egyptian history and chronology. He is currently completing a monograph on the history of Egyptology in Nazi Germany. In 2014, Professor Schneider was awarded a UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship from the lzaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies, Senior Category.