Series Petrie MSS 1 - Journals

Petrie Journal 1893 to 1894 (Koptos) Petrie Journal 1895 to 1896 (Thebes) Petrie Journal 1899 to 1900 (Abydos; Umm el-Qa'ab) Petrie Journal 1900 to 1901 (Abydos; Umm el-Qa'ab) Petrie Journal 1901 to 1902 (Abydos; Osiris enclosure) Petrie Journal 1902 to 1903 (Abydos; Osiris enclosure) Petrie Journal 1903 to 1904 (Ihnasya el-Medina) Petrie Journal 1904 to 1905 (Sinai; Wadi Magharah and Serabit el-Khadim) Petrie Journal 1905 to 1906 (Tell Yahudiya, Tell Rataba and Saft el-Hinna) Petrie Journal 1906 to 1907 (Giza) Petrie Journal 1908 (Memphis) Petrie Journal 1909 to 1910 (Maidum and Memphis) Petrie Journal 1912 (Tarkhan and Heliopolis) Petrie Journal 1913 (Tarkhan; Kafr Ammar) Petrie Journal 1914 (El-Lahun) Petrie Journal 1920 (El-Lahun) Petrie Journal 1923 to 1924 (Qaw el-Kebir) Petrie Journal 1927 (Tell Jemmeh) Petrie Journal 1928 to 1929 (Tell Farah; Beth-Pelet) Petrie Journal 1910 to 1911 (Hawara and Memphis) Petrie Journal 1896 (Behnesa, Oxyrhynchus [Beni Mazar]) Petrie Journal 1909 (Thebes) Petrie Journal 1893 (Italy) Petrie Journal 1894 to 1895 (Tukh (Nubt), Ballas and Naqada) Petrie Journal 1886 to 1887 pages 1 to 50 Petrie Journal 1886 to 1887 pages 51 to 99 Petrie Journal 1887 to 1888 pages 1 to 50 Petrie Journal 1887 to 1888 pages 51 to 99 Petrie Journal 1887 to 1888 pages 100 to 126 Petrie Journal 1885 to 1886 pages 1 to 50
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Petrie MSS 1




  • 1880-1929 (Creation)

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The Journals, or more correctly journal-letters, cover 38 seasons, with a date range of 1880-1 to 1928-9, which cover Petrie’s first season in Egypt (measuring the Pyramids at Giza) through to 1928-9 (Petrie’s excavations at Tell Fara in Palestine). There are approximately 5,000 journal pages.

The earlier handwritten Journals are by Petrie, then following his marriage in 1897, much of the writing was compiled by his wife, Hilda.

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  • Cultural warning: Users of this material are warned that some records document observations of people and cultures using scientific research models and language from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in ways that may be considered offensive today.


  • The journals have been transcribed and prepared for publication on this website by a number of volunteers and the Griffith Institute Team (see individual journals for details). Jenni Navratil has digitized them all.
  • A basic presentation of three of these journals is also available on the Griffith Institute website, see the entries for the first three journals for further information.


  • If you spot any mistakes or can improve on the transcription, please email us at

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