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World Archaeology I: Mummification - ARC00018I

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Joann Fletcher
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

With the term ‘mummification’ generally applied to human remains which retain their soft tissue (ie. skin, hair, nails), mummified bodies are almost always associated with ancient Egypt. Yet mummies were manufactured on five continents, ie. South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe, in addition to those bodies preserved naturally in the varied environments of desert, ice or bog. Each lecture of this module therefore features examples of the main types of mummified remains, drawing on some of the work carried out by the university’s Mummy Research Group, both in the field and in the museum environment. This is followed by discussion of the way in which specifically Egyptian mummies have been exploited and examined over time, an overview of the main forms of scientific investigation concluding with a case study of modern mummification utilising ancient Egyptian methods of preservation.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide a global introduction to mummies and mummification in the past

  • To explore the pathways of natural preservation and methods of manufacture that result in mummification

  • To present a number of case studies drawing upon some of the work carried out by the university’s Mummy Research Group, both in the field and in the museum environment

  • To examine the way in which specifically Egyptian mummies have been exploited and studied over time

  • To introduce communication of academic archaeological research to the interested public.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of the archaeology of mummifcation around the world
  • Discuss and explain the principal archaeological evidence in the area of study and demonstrate a critical appreciation of the potential biases and problems in the interpretation of the evidence, particularly the main forms of scientific investigation employed in the study of mummified remains
  • Evaluate and contextualise different types of archaeological source material
  • Critically appraise other peoples studies and produce logical and structured arguments supported by relevant evidence
  • Produce an engaging, critical appraisal of a chosen area of research in the form of a popular archaeology magazine article using both text and images

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Magazine Article
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Magazine Article
N/A 100

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