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World Archaeology II: Mummification - ARC00059H

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Joann Fletcher
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • 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

  • 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 the concept of funded research and the application process, including CV writing and short pitch-style presentations.

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate broad and comparative knowledge of their chosen research topic appropriate to the module theme

  • Reflect on skills and experience gained over their degree for the purposes of writing an effective CV

  • Communicate a research idea for a funding application succinctly in a 5-10 minute pitch presentation with a rationale and a clear methodology.


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
10 Minute Presentation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Formative assessment is a two-page CV and answers to a set of questions related to a pre-set grant application, submitted in week 5.


Task Length % of module mark
Powerpoint and transcript
N/A 100

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