William Matthew Flinders Petrie

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Petrie, William Matthew Flinders


Born June 3, 1853, in Charlton; died July 28, 1942, in Jerusalem. English Egyptologist and archaeologist. Professor at the University of London from 1892 to 1933.

Petrie pioneered the scientific method of archaeological excavation in Egypt. In 1885-86 he discovered and excavated Nau-cratis and Daphnae. Between 1888 and 1890 he discovered numerous remains in the Faiyum Oasis. In succeeding years he conducted excavations in Tell el-Amarna, Abydos (the tombs of the most ancient Pharaohs), and Neqada (Aeneolithic complexes), which is near Memphis. Especially important among Petrie’s works is his atlas of tools of all periods and peoples.


A History of Egypt, vols. 1-3. London, 1894-1905.
Prehistoric Egypt. London, 1920.
Social Life in Ancient Egypt. London, 1924.
Ancient Gaza, vols. 1-4. London, 1931-34.
Tools and Weapons Illustrated by the Egyptian Collection in University College. London, 1917.
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Three of this chapter's leading actors reappear throughout the volume: Maspero, Flinders Petrie, and Britain's Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF).
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After cutting his teeth on a few 17th century papyri under the direction of Flinders Petrie, in 1895, Grenfell headed for the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhyncus, a hundred miles or so south of Cairo, and here he hit the jackpot.
Grueber, noting the figurine, asked if he was interested in Egypt and whether he knew Flinders Petrie, who happened to be in town preparing for another trip to Egypt to collect for the Egyptian Exploration Fund.
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The first chapter ostensibly describes the "discovery" of Abydos, but, although it speaks briefly of the work of Auguste Mariette and Flinders Petrie, much of it is taken up with an overview of the ancient history of the site.
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For they are just as quick to invoke the words of the estimable Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, who, on and off the field, celebrated the vital importance of what he called "unconsidered trifles": "bits of boxes, string, thread, sandals and even linen." Schechter, they tell us in the very next sentence, found in the geniza something quite comparable to Petrie's quotidian revelations: "textual 'trifles' "196,000 of them, to be exact.

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