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A Journey through the Field of Reeds: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt

A Journey through the Field of Reeds: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt is the perfect way to introduce participants to the wonders of Ancient Egypt as they are taken on a visual journey of the world of the Egyptians! Ma'at Productions' A Journey through the Field of Reeds: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt School can be presented as either a three full-day course or as one- or two-day Workshops/Activities depending on your interests. Whatever your needs, presentations will include PowerPoint/dvd illustrated lectures, detailed and illustrated notes, and activities to keep participants focused and enthralled.


The day of Geb, Nut and Shu, gods of earth, sky and atmosphere.

The Two Lands – an investigation of the geography of the Nile Valley and its natural resources, the surrounding deserts and Egypt's near neighbours.

Our sources – an introduction to the bases of our knowledge of ancient Egypt and a summary of the development of Egyptology.

An Egyptian view of the world – how did the ancients view their world and their place in it? What laws did they believe governed the cosmos? What role did magic play in daily life? How well do we really understand the ancient Egyptian mind?

An outline of Egyptian history – an introduction to the major periods of Egypt's development (the period of initial unification, the 'Three Kingdoms', the Intermediate periods, the 'Late' period and beyond). The deeds of famous kings and pharaohs such as Khufu, Thutmosis III, Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, and Ramesses II will be examined within an historical framework.


The day of Horus, god of the Two Lands.

Social order – how was Egyptian society structured? How did people of different social levels view each other? What roles did women play in daily life and government? To what degree was there social mobility in ancient Egypt?

State and private religious worship – what were the Egyptians' religious beliefs? What gods and goddesses did they worship? What were the characteristics of these deities? What differences existed between the ways in which the gods were revered in the state temples and in private homes?

Writing systems – an introduction to the major scripts and media used by the Egyptians for their written communications.

Egyptian art and architecture - an introduction to the distinctive characteristics of Egyptian painting, sculpture and architectural forms (pyramids, temples and obelisks).


The day of Osiris, god of the netherworld.

Egyptian beliefs in the Afterlife – how did the Egyptians view the afterlife? Did they really think that they could 'take it all with them'? What measures needed to be taken to ensure a life in the next world? How 'democratic' was the hope of an afterlife and entrance to the 'Field of Reeds'?

Mummification – why did the Egyptians mummify their dead? What were the major stages in the process? What funerary objects were associated with the mummy and how were these made?

Protecting the deceased and their tombs – were tombs really cursed? How did the Egyptians attempt to secure their final resting places? What role did magic play in the functioning of a tomb?

The art and architecture of private and royal tombs – a selection of royal and private funerary complexes from a variety of periods in Egyptian history will be studied.

Funerary texts – what wisdom is contained in 'The Book of the Dead'? A case study of the coffin texts of Ankh-Pefy-Hery.


Feedback from past participants:

"Excellent lecturer!"

"Enthusiastic and interesting presentation."

"Materials and presentations were excellent. Very comprehensive, interesting and useful."

"Presentation was excellent; good use of video/slides; very useful handouts; material presented in a clear, relaxed and 'user friendly' manner with good touches of humour. One of the best [Schools] I've attended."

"We were very lucky to have not only a person who knew his topic thoroughly but who was sensitive to his audience. Activities varied and well spaced."

"Excellent presentation [the] lecturer made the experience enjoyable and extremely interesting."

"Lecture style was good – clear and well structured, well tied together and major points reiterated frequently. Handouts excellent!"