1910-11 Gerzeh

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Season summary: 

A total of 277 Predynastic graves, 9 Second Dynasty burials and 12 New Kingdom burials were recorded. 

The Predynastic graves were pit burials, roughly oval-rectangular in shape, usually containing single inhumations wrapped in a mat and surrounded by grave offerings such as pottery, stone vessels, beads, ornaments and cosmetic palettes. Objects were numbered with numerals 1-296, with no additional distinguishing letter.

Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: tomb cards for all graves

Archive Documents

Relevant publications: 

Catalogue of Egyptian antiquities : found by Prof. Flinders Petrie and students at Hawara, Gerzeh, Mazghuneh and Memphis, 1911 ; exhibited at University College, Gower St., London, June 26 - July 29 / British School of Archaeology in Egypt. 1911. London : BSAE.

Petrie, W. M. Flinders, G. A. Wainwright, and E. Mackay 1912. The Labyrinth, Gerzeh and Mazghuneh. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [21] (18th year). London: School of Archaeology in Egypt; Bernard Quaritch.

Stevenson, Alice 2009. The predynastic Egyptian cemetery of el-Gerzeh: social identities and mortuary practices. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 186. Leuven: Peeters.

Additional archive material: 
Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum: two unpublished photographs of the excavation of tomb 142.
Associated Excavation Image: 
Map of the excavated cemetery of Gerzeh
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