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October 18, 2012

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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

May 29, 2012

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is a short walk north of the British Museum on the campus of University College London. William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853 – 1942) was an Egyptian archaeologist who excavated at Tanis, Gizah, Naucratis, El Amarna, El-Lahun, Meidum, Naqada, Abydos, and Thebes to list only a few of the 50+ sites at which he worked [Margaret S. Drower, Flinders Petrie: A Life in Archaeology (1995) page xxi]. Drower writes of him: “He found archaeology in Egypt a treasure hunt; he left it a science” [page xxii]. His museum houses an amazing array of artifacts but, it must be said, is in desperate need of more space. Definitely worth a visit though.

 

Entrance

Fragment of a Middle Kingdom stela

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British Museum VI: Roman Antiquities

May 27, 2012

This is the last of the British Museum posts which, of course, barely scratch the surface…

Marcus Aurelius

Fighting a sea-monster (2nd century BCE, Chiusi)

Lid of sea-monster urn

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British Museum V: Parthenon friezes

May 23, 2012

East Frieze V, 34-35

Iris (West Pediment N)

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British Museum IV: The Nereid Monument

May 17, 2012

The Nereid Monument, perhaps built by the Lycian dynast Arbinas, is a late 5th century BCE Greek-style tomb from Xanthos (on the south coast of Turkey). Now it’s in the British Museum.

The Monument

Detail of the large podium frieze

Another detail from the large podium frieze

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British Museum III: Mausolos’s Mausoleum

May 11, 2012

Parts of Bodrum are quite lovely, particularly the harbor:

The view from breakfast, last summer…

But the site of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is not one of them:

Site of the Mausoleum

But some of the more spectacular parts of the Mausoleum now reside in the British Museum:

Greeks fighting with Amazons

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British Museum I: Egyptian Antiquities

May 9, 2012

This is the first of several posts of photos from the British Museum. We’ll start with a few examples of the Egyptian material…

The Rosetta Stone: hard to photograph…

Amenhotep III, ca. 1400 BCE

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