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.
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.
Petrie begins the season excavating in the temple of Sobek at Medinet el-Faiyum, then moves on to Hawara where he surveys the pyramid, as well as finding many mummy-portraits from the Roman Period cemetery there.
Main sites: Medinet el-Faiyum and Hawara.
Other sites: Byahmu (Biyahmu), Medinet el-Gurob (Ghurab; Gourob).
Petrie resumes work at Hawara where he continues clearing the pyramid interior, assisted later on by G. W. Fraser. Petrie’s other assistant, M. Amos, is assigned to excavate at Petrie’s concession at Gurob. In January 1888, Petrie and Fraser move on to excavate at el-Lahun and the town of Kahun, Fraser remaining at the site throughout the summer after Petrie returns to England.
Main sites: Hawara, Gurob (Kom Medinet Gurob) and Kahun (El-Lahun).
Other sites: Birket Qarun (Birket Karun), Dimai (Soknopaiou Nesos).
Pages 64-6 are copies of letters by Professor Griffith.
Pages 82-3 and 149 are copies of letters by Petrie's mother Anne.