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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Characters and Collections

Edited by Alice Stevenson

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ISBN: 9781911307259

Publication: June 04, 2015

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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology first opened its doors in 1915, and since then has attracted visitors from all over the world as well as providing valuable teaching resources. Named after its founder, the pioneering archaeologist Flinders Petrie, the Museum holds more than 80,000 objects and is one of the largest and finest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. Richly illustrated and engagingly written, the book moves back and forth between recent history and the ancient past, between objects and people. Experts discuss the discovery, history and care of key objects in the collections such as the Koptos lions and Roman era panel portraits. The rich and varied history of the Petrie Museum is revealed by the secrets that sit on its shelves.

Praise for The Petrie Museum of Egyptology: Characters and Collections


'...for any visitor to the museum, this book will be a very worthwhile souvenir and it will certainly encourage others to see its astonishing variety of exhibits, many of which are unique and of enormous importance to the world of Egyptology...' 
Ancient Egypt Magazine

  ' ...expertly demonstrates the characters, both past and present, famous and relatively unknown, whom the ancient objects of the museum have ‘collected’. From the ancient maker and owner, to the nineteenth century excavator and collector, to the modern curators and conservators, Stevenson’s collection of short articles written by a variety of staff members and academics connected to the museum illuminate the characters behind the rare and fascinating objects which currently reside in this small London museum....'
Birmingham Egyptology Journal

Alice Stevenson is Associate Professor of Museum Studies at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology. She has previously held posts as the Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and as Researcher in World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Her academic specialization is Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egyptian archaeology, but she has a written on a broad range of topics including the history of archaeology, anthropology and museums.

Introduction: a modest little museum
Alice Stevenson and Debbie Challis  

Violette Lafleur: bombs, boxes and one brave lady
Helen Pike 

The earliest evidence for people in Egypt: the first tools
Norah Moloney 

Out of this world: prehistoric space beads
Alice Stevenson 

Abu Bagousheh: Father of Pots
Alice Stevenson 

Lost and found: the rediscovery of the Tarkhan dress
Janet Johnstone 

The lost lions of Koptos
Alice Stevenson 

King Catfish and his mud seals
Pia Edqvist
 
Pulling early kingship together
Richard Bussmann 

A face in the crowd: chance encounters with Egyptian sculpture
Alice Stevenson 

Best foot forward: items of ancient Egyptian dress
Tracey Golding 

Pyramids in the Petrie
Alice Stevenson 

An offending member
Debbie Challis and Alice Stevenson 

Wandering wombs and wicked water: the ‘gynaecological’ papyrus
Carole Reeves

Ali Suefi of Lahun and the gold cylinder
Stephen Quirke

Seth: seductions and stelae
John J. Johnston 

Termites and tapioca: the survival of Amarna’s colours
Lucia Gahlin

The sacred geometry of music and harmony
Sherif Abouelhadid 

Reconnecting across the centuries: fragments from Abydos
Alice Stevenson

‘While skulls bobbed around on the waves …’: retrieving Horwedja’s shabtis
Campbell Price 

Revealing animals: discoveries inside funerary bundles
Lidija McKnight

Miw: the Langton Cat Collection
Debbie Challis

Myth and science: ancient glass collections
Daniela Rosenow

‘She smites the legions of men’: a Greek goddess in Egypt
Edmund Connolly

Journeys to the Afterlife
Alice Stevenson

Living images: funerary portraits from Roman times
Jan Picton

’Tis the Season: annual exhibitions in archaeology
Amara Thornton

The archaeology of race: Petrie’s Memphis heads
Debbie Challis

Hakubutsukan: Egypt between East Asia and England
Alice Stevenson

From China to Sudan
Debbie Challis

The ancient Kushite city of Meroe
Kandace Chimbiri

He Tells Tales of Meroe
Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

‘Camel, O camel, come and fetch and carry’: on two camels
Jennifer Cromwell
Composed of air and light: a rare survival from medieval Egypt
Carolyn Perry

‘To my wife, on whose toil most of my work has depended’ : women on excavation
Alice Stevenson

‘The largest and the only fully dated collection’: Xia Nai and Egyptian beads
Alice Stevenson

' ...expertly demonstrates the characters, both past and present, famous and relatively unknown, whom the ancient objects of the museum have ‘collected’. From the ancient maker and owner, to the nineteenth century excavator and collector, to the modern curators and conservators, Stevenson’s collection of short articles written by a variety of staff members and academics connected to the museum illuminate the characters behind the rare and fascinating objects which currently reside in this small London museum....'

  Birmingham Egyptology Journal 4: 5-9.

'...for any visitor to the museum, this book will be a very worthwhile souvenir and it will certainly encourage others to see its astonishing variety of exhibits, many of which are unique and of enormous importance to the world of Egyptology...'


  Ancient Egypt Magazine, Volume 16, Issue 1, October 2015

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120 Pages

ISBN: 9781911307259

Publication: June 04, 2015

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