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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is part of University College London Museums and Collections. The museum contains over 80,000 Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts. The museum was established as a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College in 1892. Professor, William Matthew Flinders Petrie, conducted many important excavations, and in 1913 he sold his collections of Egyptian antiquities to University College, creating the Flinders Petrie Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, and transforming the museum into one of the leading collections outside Egypt. Petrie excavated dozens of major sites in Egypt and his successors continued to add to the collections, excavating in other parts of Egypt and Sudan.

The museum is split into three galleries, with the main gallery containing many of the museum’s small artefacts, as well as tablets of writing and mummy portraits and cases. Another gallery contains mainly pottery. The third is along a stairwell.

Highlights of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

  • Early pieces of linen from Egypt from about 5000 BC
  • The earliest example of metal from Egypt
  • Fragments and slabs of stelae
  • Ancient figurines and statuettes
  • Roman period mummy portraits
  • Coptic Artifacts

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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