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Petrie Journal 1883 to 1884 (Tanis)

-Journal letters.
-November 7, 1883, through to July 7, 1884.
-Handwritten.
-In early December 1883, Petrie, accompanied by his friends Prof. and Mrs Sheldon Amos, charters a dahabiyeh from Cairo, travelling through the Wadi Tumilat to Ismailia, Petrie prospects sites along the way including the site for Petrie's next season which is later identified by him as Naucratis. In February 1884, Petrie begins his first large-scale excavations at Tanis which continue into June.
-Main site: Tanis (San el-Hagar).

Petrie Journal 1884 to 1885 (Naucratis)

-Journal letters
-November 8, 1884, to May 31, 1885.
-Handwritten.
-At Naucratis, Petrie is assisted by F. Ll. Griffith, who is on his first visit to Egypt. In April 1885, Griffith is left to continue excavating at Naucratis while Petrie returns to Tanis to continue the previous season’s work. It was at Naucratis that Petrie earned the moniker “father of pots”, Griffith's being the “father of potsherds”, which is mentioned by Petrie in the journal.
-Main sites: Naucratis (Naukratis) and Tanis (San el-Hagar).
-Pages 15-68 and 92 are photocopies.
-Pages 40 and 69 are missing.
-Some pages are misnumbered (page numbers repeated or in wrong order).
-The transcription follows the correct order of all the pages. Problems with the numbering system are indicated in the notes.

Petrie Journal 1885 to 1886 (Naucratis, Nabesha, and Dafana)

-Journal letters
-November 23, 1885, to June 1, 1886.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie, assisted by F. Ll. Griffith and E. A. Gardner, resumes excavating at Naucratis. In January 1886, Gardner is left to continue excavating at Naucratis while Petrie and Griffith begin excavating at Nebesha. At the end of March 1886, Petrie moves to Dafana and excavates there.
-Main sites: Naucratis (Naukratis), Nabesha (Tell Nebesha; Tell Farun), and Dafana (Tell Dafana; Daphnae).
-Other sites: Tanis (San el-Hagar).
-Pages 7-9 and 45-6 are copies of letters by Petrie's mother Anne.

Petrie Journal 1886 to 1887 (Nile voyage and Dahshur)

-Journal letters
-November 29, 1886, through to May 30, 1887.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie and F. Ll. Griffith charter a boat for two months which will take them from Minya to Aswan enabling them to visit many sites along the way. At the end of the two months, they return to Luxor where Petrie commences with his main task of collecting material for his “Racial Types” project which involves the photographing and making squeezes of scenes in the temples at Karnak before he moves across to the West Bank to continue this work in the temples and tombs there. Later in the season, Petrie moves on to Dahshur to survey the pyramids.
-Main sites: Aswan, Karnak, Dahshur.
-Other sites: Ramesseum, Valley of the Kings.
-Pages 34 and 34A are copies of letters by Petrie's mother Anne.

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