1908-09 Abydos

Type of fieldwork: 
Season summary: 
  • Naville led excavations in the Umm el-Qa'ab area, as well as cemetery A and cemetery B.
  • Ayrton and Loat began work in cemetery F in the North cemetery area which mainly contained Old Kingdom burials, although a few from the Twelfth Dynasty, Eighteenth Dynasty and the Late Period were found.
  • Work was also started in cemetery G and cemetery K which contained mostly Middle Kingdom remains.
  • Cemeteries O, Q,  W, X, Y and Z are also areas in the North cemetery that were worked on in this season.
  • Cemetery T and cemetery R were explored in the Middle (South) cemetery.
Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Lucy Gura Archive, Egypt Exploration Society: tomb cards and photographs
Relevant publications: 

Catalogue of exhibition of antiquities: found by the officers of the Egypt Exploration Fund at Abydos and Mahasna; exhibited at King's College, Strand, July 8th to July 31st, 1909 / Egypt Exploration Fund. 1909. London : Egypt Exploration Fund.


Garstang, John 1909. Excavations at Abydos, 1909: preliminary description of the principal finds. Annals of Archeology and Anthropology 2, 125-129.


Loat, W. Leonard S. 1923. A sixth dynasty cemetery at Abydos. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 9.3/4 (Oct.), 161-163.

Naville, Édouard 1908. "Excavations at Abydos", Archaeological Report (Egypt Exploration Fund), 1-5.

Sowada, Karin N. 2010. Forgotten Cemetery F at Abydos and burial practices of the late Old Kingdom. In Woods, Alexandra, Ann McFarlane, and Susanne Binder (eds), Egyptian culture and society: studies in honour of Naguib Kanawati 2, 219-232. Cairo: Conseil Suprême des Antiquités.

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