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Collection Title
Ancient Egyptian and Sudanese Collection
Description
The museum holds over 80,000 ancient Egyptian and Sudanese objects.
Classes of objects represented in the collection include: amulets; basketry/ropes; canopic boxes; canopic jars; cartonnage ceramic figures; coffins; coins; faience figures; faience vessels; flints; food/plant material; foundation deposits; funerary cones; furniture; glass vessels; inorganic material; jewellery; lamps; metal figures; metal vessels; animal remains (mummies); human remains (mummies); mummy labels; musical instruments; offering tables; ostraca; papyri; pottery; ‘Ptah-Sokar-Osiris’ figures; relief sculpture; scarabs/sealings; shabtis; shabti boxes; cosmetic palettes; sandals; shell; soul houses; spindle whorls; stelae (stone); stelae (wood); stone figures; stone vessels; terracottas; textiles/leather; tiles; toilet articles; tomb models; tools/weapons; toys/games; wall paintings; weights; wooden figures.

Objects are known to have come from the following locations in Egypt (with the name of the excavator/sponsor and year of excavation given where possible): Abadiyeh (Petrie with the EEF, 1898-1899); Abu Roash; Abu Sir, Ahramat; Abusir el-Meleq; Abydos (Mace with the EEF, 1899-1901; Peet and Naville with the EEF, 1909-1910; Frankfort with the EEF, 1925-1926; Garstang with Liverpool University, 1906 -Ex Wellcome; Caton-Thompson, 1926; Petrie with the BSAE 1921-1922; Petrie with the EEF, 1899-1903; Abydos Ayrton, Currelly and Weigall with the EEF, 1904); Akhmim; Alexandria; Amarna (Frankfort and Pendlebury with the EES, 1926-1936; Peet, Woolley and Guy with the EES, 1921-1922; Petrie, 1891-1892); Armant (Frankfort and Green for the EES, 1928-1932; Myers and others with the EES, 1934-1936); Aswan (Petrie, 1887); Asyut; Atfih (Mackay and Petrie with the BSAE, 1911-1912); Athribis (Petrie with the BSAE, 1907); Badari (Brunton with the BSAE, 1922-1925); Ballas (Quibell and Petrie,1894-1895); Balyzeh (Rhoades, Mackay, Gregg and Petrie with the BSAE, 1906-1907); Beit Khallaf (Garstang with the ERA, 1900-1902); Beni Hasan (Garstang, 1902-1904); Bernasht (Petrie, Wainwright and Mackay with the BSAE, 1910-1911); Biahmu (Petrie, 1888-1889); Birket Habu; Birket Qarun; Bubastis (Naville, Quibell and Goddard with the EEF, 1887-1889); Burru el Yussef / Shaghanbeh (Duncan and Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Cairo; Dahshur (Petrie 1887); Defennah (Petrie and Griffith with the EEF, 1886); Deir el Bahri (Naville, Clarke, Hall and Currelly with the EEF, 1893-1907); Deir el-Bersheh (Newberry and Griffith); Deir el-Medina; Denderah (Petrie and Mace with the EEF, 1897-1898); Deshasheh (Petrie and Griffith with the EEF, 1896-1897); Dimeh (Caton-Thompson and Gardner with the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1925-1926); Dimeh; Dra Abu'l Naga; Edfu; Ehnasya (Petrie with the EEF, 1904); El Amrah (MacIver and Wilkins with the EEF, 1900-1901); El Arabeh (Garstang with the ERA, 1900); El Kab (Quibell with the ERA, 1896-1897); Elephantine Island; Esna (Garstang and Jones with the University of Liverpool, 1905-1906); Esna (?Sayce and Garstang, 1904-1905); Fayum; Fustat; Gebelein; Gemayemi (Griffith and Petrie with the EEF, 1886); Gerzeh (Petrie, Mackay and Wainwright with the BSAE, 1910-1911); Gheyta (Duncan and Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Gizeh (Petrie with the BSAE, 1906-1907; Petrie, 1880-3); Gurob (Brunton and Engelbach with the BSAE, 1920-1921; Currelly and Petrie with the EEF, 1904; Hughes-Hughes and Petrie, 1888-1890; Loat with the ERA, 1903-1904); Harageh (Engelbach with the BSAE, 1913-1914); Harit (Grenfell, Hunt and Hogarth with the EEF, 1898-1899); Hawara (Petrie, 1888-1889; Petrie, Mackay and Wainwright with the BSAE, 1910-1911); Heliopolis (Petrie with the BSAE, 1911-1912); Helwan (Caton-Thompson 1920's); Hemamieh (Caton-Thompson with the BSAE, 1924); Hierakonpolis (Garstang and Jones 1905-1906; Quibell, Green and Clarke with the ERA, 1897-1900); Hu (Petrie and Mace with the EEF, 1898-1899); Kafr Ammar (Mackay and Petrie with the BSAE, 1911-1912); Karanis; Karnak; Kom Afrin; Kom Amar (Mackay and Petrie with the BSAE, 1911); Kom Ombo; Koptos (Petrie, 1893-1894); Lahun (Petrie, 1889-1890; Petrie, Brunton and Campion with the BSAE, 1913-1914; Petrie, Brunton and West with the BSAE, 1920-1921); Lake Manzaleh; Luxor (Petrie 1895-1896; Petrie with the BSAE, 1908-1909); Mahasna (Ayrton and Loat with the EEF, 1908-1909); Mahasna (Garstang with the ERA, 1900-1901); Matmar (Brunton with the British Museum, 1929-1931); Mazghuneh (Petrie, Mackay and Wainwright with the BSAE, 1910-1911); Medinet Al-Faiyum (?Caton-Thompson and Gardner); Medinet Al-Faiyum /Arsinoe (Petrie 1888); Meir; Memphis (Petrie 1887; Petrie and Mackay with the BSAE, 1908-1913); Merimde (Junker 1928-1939); Meydum (Petrie, 1890-1891; Petrie, Mackay and Wainwright with the BSAE, 1909-1910); Mostagedda (Brunton, Myers and Bach with the British Museum, 1928-1929); Naqada (Petrie, 1894-1895); Naukratis (Petrie and Griffith with the EEF, 1884-1886); Nebesheh (Petrie and Griffith with the EEF, 1886); Oxyrhynchus (Petrie with the BSAE, 1922; Petrie with the EEF, 1896); Qanadla (Mackay, Gregg and Petrie with the BSAE, 1906-1907); Qasr el-Banat (Euhemeria) (?Grenfell, Hunt and Hogarth with the EEF, 1898-1899); Qasr Ibrim (?Mills, 1982; Emery with the EES, 1961-1962; Plumley 1962-1976); Qau (Brunton and Petrie with the BSAE, 1922-1925; Petrie, Wheeler, Greenlees and Yeivin with the BSAE, 1923-1924); Qena; Ramesseum (Quibell. Petrie); Reqaqnah (Garstang, ERA, 1901-1902); Rifeh (Petrie and Mackay with the BSAE, 1906-1907); Riqqeh (Engelbach, Thompson and Petrie with the BSAE, 1912-1913); Rushaida; Saft el Henna (Duncan, Gilbart-Smith and Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Saft el Henna (Naville with the EEF, 1885); Sais; Saqqarah (Emery with the EES, 1953-1956; Emery with the EES, 1964-1971; Smith and Martin with the EES, 1971-1974); Sedment (Currelly and Petrie with the EEF, 1903-1904; Petrie and Brunton with the BSAE, 1920-1921); Semaineh (Petrie 1898-1899); Serabit el Khadim (Petrie, 1904-1905); Shibin (Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Shurafa (Engelbach and Petrie with the BSAE, 1911-1912); Sinai (Petrie with the EEF, 1904-1905); Suwa (Duncan and Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Tanis (Petrie and Griffith with the EEF, 1886; Petrie with the EEF, 1883-1884); Tarkhan (Petrie, Campion and North with the BSAE, 1911-1913); Tehneh (Fraser); Tell El Barud; Tell el Maskhuta (Naville with the EEF, 1883); Tell el Retaba (Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Tell el-Yahudiyeh (Naville and Griffith with the EEF, 1887-1888); Tell el-Yahudiyeh (Petrie, Duncan and Gilbart-Smith with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Tell Sadun / Belbys (Duncan and Petrie with the BSAE, 1905-1906); Thebes (Petrie with the BSAE, 1908-1909); Thebes (Petrie, 1887, 1896); Tukh el-Qaramus (Naville and Griffith with the EEF, 1887-1888); Tuneh el-Gebel; Umm el-Atl (Hogarth and Grenfell - Egypt Exploration Fund, 1895-1896); Umm el-Ga'ab (Naville with the EEF, 1909-1910); Wadi el-Sheikh (Seton-Karr, 1895-1896); Wadi Hawar; Wadi Maghara (Petrie with the EEF, 1904-1905); Wanyanga (Arkell); Zaraby (Mackay and Petrie with the BSAE, 1906-1907); Zawyet el-Aryan; Zumma (Arkell); Zuweleyn (Petrie with the EEF, 1883-1884).

Objects are known to have come from the following locations in Sudan (with the name of the excavator/sponsor and year of excavation given where possible): Buhen (Emery, EES), Meroe, Sanam (Griffith, University of Oxford); Jebel Moya (Arkell); Sesebi and others.



Format
Strength(s)
Particular strengths are the Predynastic collections, daily life objects from Kahun, papyri, pottery, early garments and excavated material from Amarna and wax encaustic mummy portraits.
Date range of collection
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Accumulation Dates
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Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Places
Associated Times

Location Details

University College London, Petrie Museum Of Egyptian Archaeology
University College London Malet Place London WC1E 6BT Great Britain (UK)
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DOMUS
SE000386 
Email
petrie.museum@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7679 2884
Fax
020 7679 2886 
Visiting Information
Tuesday - Friday 13.00-17.00, Saturday 10.00-13.00, and to prebooked groups and researchers at other times
Collections Overview
Ancient Egyptian antiquities derived from the excavations and purchases of W M Flinders Petrie and his successors from 1884 to the present. This is a Designated collection.
Display Overview
The collections are exhibited in their excavated context to illustrate the development of Egyptian culture
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Custodial History
The Egyptian and Sudanese Collections of the Petrie Museum are based largely upon the work of W M Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), his colleagues and successors, from their excavations in the Nile Valley from the 1880s to the present. The extensive collection is rich and diverse and comprises about 80,000 items with almost every type of Egyptian object represented in it. These cover all periods from Palaeolithic to contemporary Egypt, and from Neolithic to mediaeval Sudan. The focus is on the Nile Valley, especially Upper Egypt, with some desert and oasis material.
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