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Distribution of finds from Koptos

The distribution lists in the archives of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology indicate that finds from the 1893-1894 Petrie excavations at Koptos went to the following cities, beside the Egyptian Museum, Cairo:

Other finds were retained by Petrie for teaching and research, and are now in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London. Some may have gone to Martyn Kennard, one of the sponsors for the excavation; Kennard in turn sent some items in his collection to public museums such as the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and others, probably the bulk, were sold at auction in 1912.

Note that the list may be incomplete; some finds may have been assigned but not sent. Substantial time and resources are still needed for the task of checking the archival records against the inventories of so many museums. Some of the collections may no longer exist, with transfers from one place to another.


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