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Petrie: Dig, Discovery, Divisions and Display
Two Sunday afternoons: 1st and 8th October 2023
Times: 2-5pm (UK Times to join live, or watch the recordings at a time to suit you.)
We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until 8th November.
This course will re-examine a selection of the excavations led by William Matthew Flinders Petrie, the techniques he employed and some of the key features, trends, objects and assemblages he and his workers uncovered. The course will cover the areas of Memphis, the Faiyum, Middle Egypt and Thebes, and will draw on archival material and museum collections.
The excavations led by William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) were of an unprecedented range and scope, producing a huge number of finds and associated Egyptological knowledge. Objects were divided between the Egyptian national collection in Cairo and Petrie’s own beneficiaries, chief among them being the Petrie Museum at UCL and Manchester University Museum.
We explore Petrie’s account of work he directed at sites, conducted by large numbers of Egyptian men, women and children, by examining his own letters and private accounts. Examining why some things were considered more important, valuable, or typical, it is possible to reconstruct the means by which some categories became established and have remained fixed in scholarship and display. We explore some new interpretations that have resulted from revisiting Petrie’s original assertions for objects and their contexts.
Join us for 4 lectures spread over two afternoons as we follow in the footsteps of Petrie, telling the story of his excavations and the objects he uncovered and how they got to the museums they are seen in today. Dig, discovery, division and display. Our lecturers, Dr Anna Garnett and Dr Campbell Price are curators of collections at The Petrie Museum and Manchester Museum, custodians of many of Petrie’s finds.
Placing a focus on material now at UCL and Manchester, the speakers will pay particular attention to the sites of Amarna, Gurob and Coptos (Dr Garnett), Hawara, Lahun, Deir Rifeh (Dr Price).
Dr Anna Garnett & Dr Campbell Price
Anna Garnett is the Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology, UCL, and has worked at several local, national and university museums in the UK over the past two decades. She earned her PhD from the University of Liverpool and has worked as a ceramicist and finds specialist at sites across Egypt and Sudan for over a decade. Her research interests include New Kingdom ceramics, the distribution and reconciliation of Egyptian and Sudanese object assemblages and archives, and object- and archive-based teaching
Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He undertook his BA, MA and PhD in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and is currently Chair of Trustees at the Egypt Exploration Society. He has published widely on ancient Egyptian material culture, most recently Golden Mummies of Egypt: Interpreting Identities from the Graeco-Roman Period (Manchester University Press, 2023). He is co-editor (with Stephanie Boonstra) of Ancient Egypt in 50 EES Discoveries (2024). Campbell has lectured extensively throughout the UK and internationally.
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