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Studying Egypt and Mesopotamia at University

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Lower Mount Joy, South Rd

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A Conference for Sixth-Formers interested in studying Egypt and Mesopotamia at University

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Egypt and Mesopotamia (modern Iraq; ancient Sumer, Assyria and Babylon) bequeathed to posterity some of the most fascinating remains from all of the ancient world. Today it is possible to learn the languages, study the artefacts, and reconstruct the most varied aspects of these ancient civilisations in astonishing detail.

But since these subjects are not offered at A level, few sixth-formers are aware that they exist as University subjects; indeed, many A level students might never have had the opportunity to learn about these cultures.

The purpose of this one-day conference is to give sixth formers an opportunity to explore what it is like to study Egypt and Mesopotamia at British Universities: to see what makes the subject area so intellectually and culturally exciting, learn about the various degree courses, and understand what admissions tutors are looking for.

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10:00-10:10 Dan Lawrence Durham Introduction

10:10-10:25 Kathryn Stevens Durham Graeco-Babyloniaca

10:25-10:40 Sam Mirelman SOAS The Discovery of a Mesopotamian Theory of Music

10:40-10:55 Jo Rowland Edinburgh Connecting people and places in ancient Egypt: one priest and his sacred falcon necropolis

10:55-11:10 Martin Worthington Cambridge Unpicking the logic of a Babylonian poem

11:10-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK

11:30-11:45 Monica Palmero Fernandez Glasgow Studying Archaeology at University

11:45-12:00 TBC Egyptology

12:00-12:15 Christina Tsouparopoulou Cambridge Cylinder Seals and their Materials

12:15-1:00 LUNCH

1:05-1:20 Selena Wisnom Leicester Asking the entrails: Babylonian answers to modern political questions

1:20-1:35 Neil Erskine Glasgow Experiencing Ancient Landscapes

1:35-1:50 TBC Egyptology

1:50-2:05 CAREERS PANEL

The day includes free entrée to the Durham Oriental Museum, Durham Castle,and World Heritage Museum.

Durham Oriental Museum

Durham Castle

Durham World Heritage Site

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