Skip to main content

Kemet and Kush

Museums and galleries in Cambridge will be closed to the public as part of a period of national/local restrictions.

African-centred Egyptology aims to look at Egypt as part of African culture. People mainly look at Ancient Egypt with a European bias, because the majority of books on Egyptology are written by researchers of European or North-American backgrounds. There are also increasing numbers of Egyptian scholars also publishing in English as well as Arabic. However, there are comparatively few scholars of African origin or descent who work on the subject of Ancient Egypt. Their views, when African-centred, are often and wrongly dismissed by more mainstream Egyptologists.

Historians and archaeologists rarely disclose their cultural identity in the same way that researchers working in sociology (the study of society and the people in it) or anthropology (the study of people and cultures) would routinely declare it in their books and articles. The reason that some disciplines talk about the identity of the author is because how we view the world can influence how we interpret it. Our views can be influenced by where we grew up, where we received our education and to what extent we have been exposed to other cultures and groups of people.

Associated departments

Associated Galleries

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...

University of Cambridge Museums logo
Arts Council England Logo
Research England logo
The Technology Partnership logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo