1911-12 Tarkhan

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Season summary: 

Excavations took place from January 13 to February 25. Remains of the first and second dynasty were published in the volume 'Tarkhan' while later material was attributed to 'Kafr Ammar' although these sites are one and the same.

The first season of work focussed on the hill cemeteries at Tarkhan which are located opposite the village and railway station.

Petrie's teams excavated over 2000 tombs, most of which were simple pit burials but there were also mastabas of the 1st Dynasty. Notable finds from Tarkhan include seal impressions with the name of King Narmer and the world's oldest woven garment (3482-3102 BC). 

​For the distribution archives relating to this excavation follow 'related excavation' link on the right to the Tarkhan 1912-13 season.


Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: including tomb cards and excavation diaries.
Relevant publications: 

Catalogue of Egyptian antiquities: found by Prof. Flinders Petrie and students at Tarkhan, Heliopolis and Memphis, 1912; exhibited at University College, Gower St., London, June 24th to July 20th / British School of Archaeology in Egypt. 1912. London : BSAE.

Petrie, W. M. Flinders, G. A. Wainwright, and A. H. Gardiner 1913. Tarkhan I and Memphis V. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [23] (19th year). London, Aylesbury: Hazell, Watson and Viney, Ld.

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