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1912-13 Tarkhan

Type of fieldwork: 
Excavation
Season summary: 

The second season of BSAE work at Tarkhan focused on the valley cemetery. Tombs were numbered up to 2060.

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). Typical  finds included: alabaster vases, slate palettes, beads, pottery, offering jars and linen.

 

Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, tomb cards and photographs
Relevant publications: 

Catalogue of Egyptian antiquities: found by Prof. Flinders Petrie and students at Tarkhan, Riqqeh and Memphis, 1913 ; exhibited at University College, Gower St., London, June 30th to July 26th / British School of Archaeology in Egypt. 1913. London : BSAE.

Petrie, W. M. Flinders 1914. Tarkhan II. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [26] (19th year). London: School of Archaeology in Egypt; Bernard Quaritch.

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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