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Cataloguing Egyptian Antiquities

21 September 2011 by Ashley Cooke

blue frog amulet

Glazed composition frog amulet (about 3350 years old)

This week World Museum has been hosting two curators from the British Museum who have been cataloguing items from our Egyptology collections. Between 1883-4 the English Egyptologist Flinders Petrie excavated the ancient city of Naukratis, a Greek trading post in Egypt. Liverpool was one of over 60 museums that sponsored his work and was rewarded with a small share of the finds that were not kept by the Egyptian authorities. The British Museum is now tracing all of the 13,000 or more artefacts as part of a research and publication project – more details on can be found on their Naukratis website.

At the same time myself and volunteers are also busy cataloguing other artefacts from Flinders Petrie’s excavations that are now part of our collections of over 16,000 Egyptian items. Trillion Attwood has spent the summer helping me catalogue over 2000 tiny amulets from the ancient city of Akehenaten at Tell el Amarna, such as the handsome frog in this blog photo. Meanwhile Anna Garnett is carefully sorting through our material from the cemeteries of Abydos, Esna and Hierakonopolis that were excavated by Flinders Petrie’s Liverpool contemporary John Garstang, who was trained by Petrie. Eventually all of this work will be available to view an online museum database that National Museums Liverpool is creating.   

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