1891-92 el-Amarna

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Season summary: 

The excavation season lasted from 23 November 1891 to the end of March.

The excavation was dominated by the finding of the painted pavement in the palace which necessitated a structure to be built to protect it and a raised walkway for viewers, funded by the English Society. Petrie also spent an amount of time cleaning and copying the decorative pavement. The excavations focused on the palace and some houses.

Howard Carter joined Petrie in January and excavated parts of the town on behalf of Lord Amherst of Hackney.

132 cases came to the Ghizeh Museum with a representative collection being presented to the Ashmolean. Objects included: painted and stuccoed architecture, glass vessels, Aegean pottery, shabtis, statues, faience stelaes, cuniform tablets, pottery, mud seals, trial pieces, weights, flint tools, glass decorative objects, scarabs, and moulds. 


Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Distribution Notes: 

Flinders Petrie's sponsor, William Thyssen-Amherst, received a portion of the finds, which were sold by his family at Sotheby's on 17 June 1921 including scultpures, tools, drills, pigment samples and ceramic moulds. 

A head of Akhenaten was allocated to the British Museum in London. 

Relevant publications: 

Catalogue of antiquities from Tel el Amarna, Upper Egypt : excavated by W. M. Flinders Petrie, 1892 ; exhibited at 4, Oxford Mansions, Oxford Circus, W., 19 Sept. to 15 Oct. 1892. London.

Petrie 1894.

Additional archive material: 
Oxford, Griffith Institute, University of Oxford
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