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The Deep Dig

The Deep Dig offers in-depth adult classes taught by Penn professors and graduate students. These specially designed online courses are more academic in nature and guide participants through subjects connected to the Penn Museum’s collection and research. In addition to engaging lectures from the expert, digital readings, online archival research, and access to videos and research help adult scholars dig deeply into a range of topics.

Egyptian market scene from a tomb wall.

"Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

Four Thursdays: July 8, 15, 22, and 29
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

With Dr. Shelby Justl

How do modern Egyptologists determine what ancient people ate, what ingredients went into their perfume, or what their clothing looked like when only bits and pieces of the original objects remain? This four-part online course explores everyday objects used by ancient Egyptians, including the materials they were made from, how they were made, and their cultural and symbolic importance. We will work together as Egyptologists to gather diverse puzzle pieces using artifacts from the Penn Museum’s own collection, ancient recipes, Egyptian myths and tales, and evidence from settlements, mines, factory, or production areas. We will also look to experimental archaeology and even biographical stelae from within ancient Egypt to its outer periphery of Nubia, the Sinai, and ancient Rome to build a complete picture of how the Egyptians made the objects of their world.

Shelby Justl is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania currently teaching in the Critical Writing Department. She also works at the Penn Museum teaching specialized workshops and lectures. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a concentration in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also worked on the Penn Museum’s archaeological expedition in Abydos, Egypt. It was a discovery of an ostracon in the Abydene sands that inspired her own research into the administration of the semiprecious stone industry in Egypt and she is currently in the process of publishing parts of her dissertation. Her research interests concentrate on luxury objects, the Egyptian social world, and the daily life of the average Egyptian.

$175 General | $125 Member


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Adult Class Events



The Deep Dig - NEW DATE

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 1

Thursday | July 8 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET



The Deep Dig - NEW DATE

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 2

Thursday | July 15 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET



The Deep Dig - NEW DATE

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 3

Thursday | July 22 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET



The Deep Dig - NEW DATE

“Making It" Through Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt - Part 4

Thursday | July 29 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ET


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