Item Griffith MSS 1.30 - Kom el-Ahmar - Tomb of Djehuti

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Griffith MSS 1.30


Kom el-Ahmar - Tomb of Djehuti


  • 1886-1887 (or shortly after) (Creation)

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One page in glassine envelope

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British Egyptologist. Born, Charlton 1853. Died, Jerusalem 1942. Not formally educated, was first introduced to ancient Egypt after reading Piazzi Smyth's publication of the Great Pyramid. Began his archaeological career excavating and surveying prehistoric sites in Britain, which included a survey of Stonehenge with his father William Petrie. Surveyed the Pyramids, 1880-2. Excavated sites for the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1884-6 and 1896-1905. From 1887 he led his own excavations with the financial support of several patrons. Founded Egypt Research Account, 1894, which then became the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Appointed the first Edwards Professor (the first chair in Egyptology in Britain) at University College London, 1892-1933. Emeritus Professor, 1933-42. Married Hilda Urlin, 1897. Pioneered archaeology in the Near East, excavating many important monuments. Developed the method of sequence dating based on pottery analysis. The Petrie Museum, University College London, was formed from his own substantial private collection which was bought from him in 1913 by public subscription. A prolific author, he published a huge number of archaeological reports, monographs, articles, and reviews.

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Plan and hand-copies of texts from lintel, jambs and entrance wall of the tomb of Djehuti at Kom el-Ahmar (TopBib v.197).

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  • Davies, Vivian 2023. A new old tomb in the Burg el Hammam. Nekhen News 35, p. 27-28 [OEB 334171] (partly reproduced in fig. on p. 28 left).

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  • Copy made from Petrie's original copies of the texts, presumably sent to Griffith by Petrie himself [information provided by Vivian Davies on 14 May 2024].

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