The Online Course “Beginners Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs” will take place on Thursday evenings, 6-7:30pm (UK Time), from 12th May-9th June 2022.

This five-week course introduces ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the language that they write, and the culture they represent.

Egyptian temples and tombs are covered in Egyptian picture-writing. The script contains the ideas, rituals and religious beliefs of the Egyptians for over three thousand years. By the end of the course, you will be able to recognise and understand a basic number of words and what they mean. Begin to unlock the mysteries of the past for yourself!

It is recommended that you have a basic understanding of hieroglyphic signs and transliteration. Homework will not be expected as all will be covered within the weekly 1.5-hour session.


Dr Penelope (Penny) Wilson is Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, UK. She is currently the Director of the EES Delta Survey Project, and Project Director of the joint EES/Durham University archaeological mission at Sais in the western Delta. Penny is a specialist in both Egyptian languages and field archaeology and since 2019 also sits on the Society’s Board of Trustees.

To book a place clicke here

EES Member: £50
Non-Member: £100
Student EES Member: £25

Course Dates

Online lessons will be held live at the following times (UK): 

Thursday 12th May, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Nouns and phrases from a tomb scene
Thursday 19th May, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Pronouns in an Egyptian text
Thursday 26th May, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Adjectives and adverbs in an autobiography
Thursday 2nd June, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Formulas and short-cuts from temples and tombs
Thursday 9th June, 18:00-19:30 (UK) time
Verbs from the ‘Story of Sinuhe’

Find out more about each class on our website. Recordings of the live sessions will be made available to attendees following the weekly session for those unable to attend in person or wanting to rewatch them.  


20% of your ticket fee will go toward the Society’s Delta Survey Fund, thank you. Members of the Egypt Exploration Society can book at a heavily discounted rate. If you’re not yet a member but would like to join in order to receive this discount, please ensure that you have joined here.