Egyptian Archaeology at Cal
General Catalog Course Title:
Egyptian Archaeology at Cal
Terms Offered:
Fall 2015
Spring 2015

 Cal enjoys important resources for studying the archaeology of ancient Egypt. The P.A. Hearst Museum 

has one of the most important collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the United States and the best 

west of Chicago. Most of the almost 19,000 ancient Egyptian objects in the collection come from 

excavations undertaken in the early 1900s by George Reisner, with funding provided by Phoebe Apperson 

Hearst. Because the museum is closed for renovations for the next two years, our access to the 

collection is unfortunately limited. The Museum has, however, made a display cabinet of artifacts available 

for class, and we will also review the history of the collection. The Bancroft Library on campus owns an 

important collection of papyri associated with the Hearst Museum collection; we will view some of these 

papyri at the library. The Bade Museum of the Pacific School of Religion also counts a few Egyptian objects 

among its collection; we will visit this museum. In addition, I have been directing a UC Berkeley 

archaeological expedition in Egypt since 2001; we will examine various aspects of this fieldwork, including 

recent looting of the site, in class. 


Carol Redmount is an Associate Professor in the Near Eastern Studies Department. She specializes in the 

archaeology of ancient Egypt and directs the UC Berkeley excavations at El-Hibeh, a three-thousand-year 

old provincial town and cemetery site in Middle Egypt. She began her archaeological career the summer of 

her freshman year in college and hasn't stopped digging since. She has worked in Egypt for over thirty 

years and lived for extended periods of time in Egypt, Israel and Jordan. Her archaeological experience 

includes fieldwork in Cyprus, Tunisia, Israel, Jordan and the United States. She is also an animal lover and 

shares her home with two parrots, a rescue dog and three rescue cats. 


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