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.
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 of the originals kept in the Egypt Exploration Society in London.
Pages 69, 179 and 196-199 do not exist.
Pages 21v, 40, 79v, 86v, 91v, 101v, 109v, 121v, 133v, 145v, 160v, 170v, 178v, 183v, 187v, 188v, 193v, 195v, 205v, 207v, 212v, 214v and 216v have not been scanned but are transcribed (secondary information).
Pages 188[G]-200[G] are by Professor Griffith and the originals are kept in the Egypt Exploration Society in London; no photocopies nor scans exist in the Griffith Institute.
Pages 217-223 are by R. W. P.; they are (not exact) copies of one of Petrie's letters.
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, 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.