Collection Lucas MSS - Alfred Lucas Collection

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Lucas MSS


Alfred Lucas Collection


  • 1922-1933 (Creation)

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2 notebooks

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Biographical history

British chemist. Born, Chorlton-upon-Medlock 1867. Died, Luxor 1945. Educated, School of Mines, London, and the Royal College of Science. Worked for the British Government as an assistant chemist, until ill health prompted a move to Egypt. There he was engaged as an assistant chemist to the Government Salt Department, 1898. He initially managed the Survey Department and Assay Office laboratories, he was then appointed Chemist for the Antiquities Service, 1923-32. Honorary Consulting Chemist, 1932-45. He was able to put his expertise in cleaning, consolidating, and conserving antiquities to good use when he was lent by the Antiquities Service to H. Carter during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. He also worked at Tanis with P. M. Montet. Published many books about his work in this field.

Archival history

Property of A. Lucas.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to the Griffith Institute by A. Lucas in 1945.

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Scope and content

Notebook on 'Archaeology, Register of samples, and analyses. Tutankhamen and others.' (TAA i.2.11). Notebook on 'Examination of Materials: (a) Tutankhamen. (b) Various.' (TAA i.2.12).

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • English

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No problems.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

Not known.

Related units of description

Griffith Institute Archive:
-TAA Archive: TAA i.1 (card index, conservation notes); TAA i.2.12a (method and treatment notes); TAA i.3.4 (calcite notes); TAA i.3.13 (gesso notes); TAA i.3.14 (gold notes); TAA i.3.17 (materials notes); TAA i.10 (materials employed notes).

Publication note

-TAA Archive. See web publication 'Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation' (; esp.

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