The 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 museum came from excavations undertaken in the early 1900s by George Reisner, with funding provided by Phoebe Apperson Hearst. Only a very tiny fraction of this collection is ever on display, due to exhibit space constraints. Because the museum is closed for renovations for the next two years, our access will be limited. We will, however, be able to view some Egytian materials in display cabinets, and possibly have the opportunity to assist museum staff with some of the renovation activities. We will also review and discuss the Hearst-Reisner excavations and the past conditions in Egypt that enabled the museum to develop its collection, and compare and contrast those with current realities for the ongoing UC Berkeley fieldwork at El Hibeh in Middle Egypt. First-year students with no background in the field are encourage to enroll.