File Petrie MSS 1.12 - Petrie Journal 1893 to 1894 (Koptos)

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Petrie MSS 1.12


Petrie Journal 1893 to 1894 (Koptos)


  • 1893-1894 (Creation)

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  • Journal letters.
  • November 27, 1893, through to February 23, 1894.
  • Handwritten.
  • Petrie is at Koptos for the whole season where he was assisted by James Edward Quibell and Bernard Pyne Grenfell. Petrie discovered three temples and found evidence of constant occupation at the site, from the Predynastic period through to the Roman era. Petrie also discovered three Predynastic colossal statues of Min beneath a Ptolemaic pavement, one statue is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and the other two are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Petrie's excavations at this site initiated the formation of the highly-regarded Egyptian workforce specialising in archaeological excavation and referred to as "Quftis".
  • Site: Koptos (Coptos; Qift; Quft).

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  • Petrie, W. M. Flinders, Koptos (1896) (OEB 147092) [ (accessed 21/08/2018)].

  • Petrie, W. M. Flinders, Seventy years in archaeology [1931], 146-51 (OEB 147191).

  • Drower, Margaret S., Flinders Petrie: a life in archaeology (1985), 207-10 (OEB 29381).

  • Drower, Margaret S. (ed.), Letters from the desert: the correspondence of Flinders and Hilda Petrie (2004), 88-92 (OEB 154602).

  • Transcription with identification of objects in different museum collections: Adams, Barbara, "Petrie's manuscript journal from Coptos", Topoi: Orient-Occident, Supplément 3 (2002), 5-22 (OEB 182496) [ (accessed 15/04/2020)]. See also Adams, Barbara, "Petrie's manuscript notes on the Koptos foundations deposits of Tuthmosis III", Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 61 (1975), 102-113 (OEB 18115).

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  • The journal has been transcribed by Cat Warsi; Susan Biddle has proofread it, and Francisco Bosch-Puche has prepared it for publication on this website.

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