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Book collections

The Egyptology collection is located in the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library and is also known as the "Edwards Library" having been established through a bequest of Amelia Edwards, a popular novelist, explorer and patron of Sir Flinders Petrie. Material relating to excavation and archaeology forms the core of the collection and many excavation reports relating to Egypt itself are obtained regularly (e.g. those produced by the Egypt Exploration Society, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut). There is also material on Egyptian art, religion, architecture, history, and ancient Egyptian language and literature. Texts are acquired in hieroglyphic, demotic, and Coptic. A guide to the Garside classification scheme is available.

Other collections which may be relevant include ANCIENT HISTORY and CLASSICS, which are all housed in the UCL Main Library. Other aspects of archaeology, e.g. Mediterranean (especially of the Bronze Age), Classical and scientific methods in archaeology will also be found at the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library.

Journal collections

Journals covering Egyptology will be found within the Institute of Archaeology’s alphabetical sequence of journals INST ARCH Pers. Many more titles are available online.

Online resources

An extensive range of e-resources are available and these databases will be of interest to Egyptologists and archaeologists.

Other Internet resources

  • Ancient Egypt Film Site. This site offers an elaborate overview of motion pictures and tv movies that prominently feature Egyptology and ancient Egypt, its monuments or sites
  • Digital Egypt for Universities
  • The Egypt Exploration Society was founded in 1882, as the Egypt Exploration Fund in order to explore, survey, and excavate at ancient sites in Egypt and Sudan, and to publish the results of this work
  • Egyptology resources : described as ‘the first Egyptology site on the web’ this site has an extensive range of links from popular sites which would be of interest to children to the more academic.
  • Eternal Egypt: “brings to light over five thousand years of Egyptian civilization”
  • The home page of the Institut francais d’archeologie orientale du Caire includes reports of excavations as well as a list of all their publications
  • UCL’s Petrie Museum which houses over 80,000 objects – includes on line catalogue of collection with over 90,000 images of the collections
  • The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Institute, a part of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations
  • Theban mapping project

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Roman Mummy image from Petrie Museum

New accessions

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The new accessions list for September 2016 now available

E-books on demand

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

    UCL Libraries run  series of projects that directly involve users in the acquisition of e-book content – currrently this involves: Cambridge Books Online JSTOR Wiley Online Library Go to our Ebooks on demand@UCL  to find out more.  

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (REP)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

UCL Libraries now have institutional access to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy which means that you can enjoy access to over 2,700 articles covering unparalleled breadth and diversity of subject matter in Philosophy including 163 articles on ancient philosophy.

E-books on demand@UCL continues in 2016-17

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The popular E-books on demand@UCL projects are to continue in the 2016-17 academic year with even more new e-books being added as they are published throughout the year. See our Ebooks on demand@UCL webpage to find out more about the various projects.

Institute of Archaeology Library will be closed on Saturday 3rd September 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The scaffolders will be installing portable cabins onto the scaffold gantry outside the Institute of Archaeology building and because of the health and safety issues the Institute of Archaeology Library will be closed on Saturday 3rd September 2016. Access to the building will be also limited for staff and students. Apologies for any inconvenience this […]