Flinders Petrie: A Life in Archaeology

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Jun 1, 1995 - Social Science - 528 pages

Flinders Petrie has been called the “Father of Modern Egyptology”—and indeed he is one of the pioneers of modern archaeological methods. This fascinating biography of Petrie was first published to high acclaim in England in 1985. Margaret S. Drower, a student of Petrie’s in the early 1930s, traces his life from his boyhood, when he was already a budding scholar, through his stunning career in the deserts of Egypt to his death in Jerusalem at the age of eighty-nine. Drower combines her first-hand knowledge with Petrie’s own voluminous personal and professional diaries to forge a lively account of this influential and sometimes controversial figure.
Drower presents Petrie as he was: an enthusiastic eccentric, diligently plunging into the uncharted past of ancient Egypt. She tells not only of his spectacular finds, including the tombs of the first Pharaohs, the earliest alphabetic script, a Homer manuscript, and a collection of painted portraits on mummy cases, but also of Petrie’s important contributions to the science of modern archaeology, such as orderly record-keeping of the progress of a dig and the use of pottery sherds in historical dating. Petrie's careful academic methods often pitted him against such rival archaeologists as Amélineau, who boasted he had smashed the stone jars he could not carry away to be sold, and Maspero and Naville, who mangled a pyramid at El Kula they had vainly tried to break into.

 

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Contents

I The Flinders and the Petries
3
II The Making of an Archaeologist 185380
13
III The Pyramid Survey 188082
34
Delta Explorations 18836
65
V Up the Nile 18867
105
VI Pyramids and Portraits 18879
127
VII Interlude in Palestine 188990
153
VIII Tussles with M Grebaut 18902
168
A Clash of Personalities 1903
274
XIII The British School 190611
295
XIV Amulets in the Soup 191114
318
XV The War Years 191419
330
XVI Egypt over the Border 191930
348
XVII Jubilee 193033
377
XVIII Lone Syrian Shore 19348
398
XIX Sunset in Jerusalem 193842
418

IX University College London 18927
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X Hilda 18968
231
XI Most Ancient Egypt 18991903
249
Notes and References
439
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About the author (1995)

Margaret S. Drower (Mrs. C. Hackforth-Jones) has retired as a lecturer in ancient history at University College, London, where she was a reader in ancient history; she is now an honorary research fellow in the Departments of History and Egyptology. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, she has contributed to many books and BBC programs on the ancient Middle East.

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