Egyptology: The Pyramids in Context: Between Ancient Mysteries and Modern Myths

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June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlineMaria Victoria Almansa Villatoro

Course Description

No ancient world monument is more iconic than the Egyptian pyramids of Giza. Have you ever wondered why Egyptian pharaohs chose to build their tombs as pyramids? What does the interior of a pyramid look like? Are there any secret chambers still awaiting discovery under the Great Sphinx?

In this course, we will shed light on famous pyramid mysteries and differentiate modern myths from the truth. Explore 3D reconstructions of ancient pyramid towns, join a real archaeological excavation in Giza for a day, and discover what was like to live by the pyramids in 2500 BCE without leaving your home! As an online student, you will be able to set your own schedule and learn all you ever wanted to know about the pyramids from anywhere.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand the history of the most remarkable monuments of Old Kingdom Egypt (2575-2150 BCE) such as the pyramids of Giza or the Great Sphinx. We will also learn about conspiracy theories and discuss why a correct knowledge of the past matters to the modern world.
  • Learn what is like to participate in an archaeological excavation in Egypt, consult original reports, and compose your own grant proposal.
  • Differentiate between the various kinds of items that archaeologists can uncover while investigating Egyptian sites, such as mummies, ushabtis or coffins.
  • Enhance your written and spoken skills, and refine your critical thinking through a podcast recording, short essays, and online discussions with abundant and individualized feedback.
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Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEG0911

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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