1920-21 Lahun

Type of fieldwork: 
Season summary: 
  • A small cemetery of 104 Early Dynastic and Dynasty 1 graves was excavated: "At this end the cemetery (of Lahun) is much earlier than the rest, and is close to the station of Bashkatib, it is here named from that, to distinguish it. ... Though this cemetery is not extensive, only 104 graves being noted, and several of those entirely bare, it is yet important for its short period-of the first three dynasties". These graves were numbered between 700 and 804.
  • Middle Kingdom mastabas were explored : numbered 620, 608, 609, 601, 607, 618 and 905. Other Middle kingdom tombs were published in detail: 107 (wady), 602 (on the West Ridge), 603, 608, 610, 650, 651-659, 904, 906, and 913.
Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
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Archive Documents

Distribution Notes: 

Some objects from this season of work (along with Harageh, Lahun, Gurob and Sedment) were distributed after the Second World War in 1948 and 1949 by Hilda Petrie having been stored at University College London. In these cases it is not always clear which tomb the material is from, although the objects were (according to Hilda Petrie) distinguished by site with the use of letters: H, L, G and S, corresponding to the different sites.

Relevant publications: 

Catalogue of Egyptian antiquities: found by Prof. Flinders Petrie and students at Lahun and Sedment, 1920 and 1921 ; exhibited at University College, Gower St., London, July 4th to July 30th / British School of Archaeology in Egypt. 1921. London : BSAE.

Brunton, Guy 1920. Lahun I: the treasure. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [27] (20th year). London: School of Archaeology in Egypt; Bernard Quaritch.

Petrie, Flinders, Guy Brunton, and M. A. Murray 1923. Lahun II. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [33] (26th year). London: British School of Archaeology in Egypt; Bernard Quaritch.


Additional archive material: 
Oxford, Griffith Institute, University of Oxford
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