HNAK00031U The Archaeology of Death

Volume 2015/2016

BA tilvalgs-studieordning i Arkæologiske Videnskaber, 2007

Master's Programmes in Ancient and Medieval Near Eastern Studies, 2008


Archaeologists often feel that they are particularly close to the past when they are dealing with the dead. This course explores the many ways in which the dead can be disposed of, thought about, and made meaningful both in the past and the present. Taking an explicitly theoretical approach, themes such as sacrifice, corporeality, emotion and commemoration are examined via the material remains of death. Examples are primarily drawn from Egypt and Sudan, but the development of archaeologies of death are situated within a broader historical and geographical context.

Learning Outcome

BA- tilvalg 2007-studieordning

BA Tilvalg: Modul XVI: Kronologiske, regionale og temaorienterede studier (fagelementkode HNAB10151E)

BA: Self Study in Ancient Egyptian History & Culture. (fagelementkode HÆGB01181E)  

KA 2008-studieordning:
Special Topics in Archaeology (fagelementkode HNAK03221E)

Egyptian Archaelogy (fagelementkode HÆGK03431E)


Reitz, E.J., and Wing, E.S. 2008. Zooarchaeology (Second Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology.

Students need to be able to read English texts.
Teaching will include active involvement of the students through presentations and discussion of the texts studied. Teaching might happen as intensive course in 7 weeks.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 370,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment