With his appointment to the UK’s first Chair in Egyptian Archaeology and Anthropology at UCL in 1893 – the Edwards Professorship – Flinders Petrie was able to form his own Egyptian Research Account to support students participation in excavations in Egypt.
Fragment of painted plaster from the North Palace at Amarna now in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL (UC2267)
Flinders Petrie’s first sponsored excavations in Egypt were for the Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF) in 1884. Unfortunately, his relationship with the EEF was always fractious and after disagreements with the EEF committee in 1886 he decided to work independently.
The London-based Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF) was founded in 1882 by Amelia Edwards and Reginald Stuart Poole in order to explore, survey, and excavate in Egypt. Sharing the results of their work was also a core value.