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'Excavating Egypt' in New Mexico

11 September 2007


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UCL's major travelling exhibition, 'Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology' has opened at the New Mexico Museum of Art and will run until 6 January 2008.

The show tells the story of UCL's first Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) and his exploration of ancient Egyptian civilisation. It features 221 of Petrie's most significant finds - many never before seen by the public.

Petrie, who is known as the Father of Egyptian Archaeology for his innovations and contributions to the field, and who is reputedly the inspiration for the film hero Indiana Jones, excavated in Egypt for more than half a century.

Today, the UCL Petrie Museum cares for more than 80,000 of Petrie's most important, beautiful and significant finds, making it one of the world's most important collections of Egyptian antiquities.

To find out more, use the links at the top of this article

Image: Professor Petrie

UCL Context:
The UCL Petrie Museum is part of a major fundraising effort to create a new building - The UCL Institute for Cultural Heritage. It will house four of UCL's most significant collections - Egyptian Archaeology, the UCL Galton Collection, UCL Library Services Special Collections and the UCL Art Collections - and provide space for changing exhibitions drawing on its other collections.

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