One of the key tenets of the modern archaeologist is to reconstruct the past usi


One of the key tenets of the modern archaeologist is to reconstruct the past using material remains. Throughout this class, we will meet a diverse range of material culture from ancient Egypt. Given that objects can tell stories, in this assignment you will have the opportunity to choose one object and write a “biography” of it.
Describe the object – what is it? Examine any available details such as its shape, size, and the material it’s made from.
Discuss its original context – where does it come from? To when does it date?
Consider also: where is it housed today (provide its object/accession number)? Who owns it?
What does the object tell us about life in ancient Egypt? What was its function?
The objective of the assignment is to help you become familiar with the “life” of an object that is housed today in a museum collection. It will allow you to engage with the material remains not only in a critical manner, but also examine it from several perspectives.
Museum collections to get started:
Brooklyn Museum (New York) – https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/collections
Global Egyptian Museum (GEM) – http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org NB: GEM is a database of objects in various museums
The Louvre (Paris) – https://collections.louvre.fr/en/ Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (London) – https://petriecat.museums.ucl.ac.uk Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) – https://collections.rom.on.ca/ Resources for writing object biographies
Manchester Museum’s Egypt and Sudan curator has written up several object biographies of objects in their collection – find them here: https://egyptmanchester.wordpress.com/category/object-biography/. C.J. Hodge provides a thorough introduction into writing object biographies – see their guide here: https://suac.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj12066/f/suac_2017_guide_to_object_biography_0.pdf.
Format
The object biography should be (1,100-1,250 words), double spaced, 12-point font, with one-inch margins.


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