In the news:
- hoard of Roman gold coins found in Britain
- tomb of Rhoxane and Alexander IV?
- site of Caesar’s assassination uncovered?
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.
This is the last of the British Museum posts which, of course, barely scratch the surface…
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.
Parts of Bodrum are quite lovely, particularly the harbor:
But the site of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is not one of them:
But some of the more spectacular parts of the Mausoleum now reside in the British Museum:
This is the first of several posts of photos from the British Museum. We’ll start with a few examples of the Egyptian material…