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Flinders Petrie

Flinders Petrie is a prevalent figure in the understanding of the formative period of Egyptian History.

Excavations and Notable Artefacts[]

Mummified arm from Djer's Tomb[]

  • A mummified arm was discovered in Djer's tomb[4], which he believed to be a woman[5] which is likely as the skull of a female was also discovered[6].
  • When the arm was discovered inside the tomb Petrie wrote:
...the arm of the Queen of Djer was found, hidden in a hole in the wall, with the gold bracelets in place. The lads who found it saw the gold, but left it untouched and brought the arm to me. I cut the wrappings apart so bared he bracelets all intact. Thus the exact order could be copied when my wife re-threaded them next morning.
When Quibell came over on behalf of the Museum, I sent up the bracelets by him. The arm - the oldest mummified piece known - and its marvelously fine tissue of linen were also delivered to the museum. Emile Brugsch only cared for display; so from one bracelet he cut away the half that was of plaited gold wire, and he also threw away the arm and linen. A museum is a dangerous place….[5]


  1. Wilkinson, T, A, H. (2001) Early Dynastic Egypt London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-26011-6.
  2. Watterson, B. (2003) Gods of Ancient Egypt Sparkford:Sutton Publishing
  3. Rosalind, M. and Janssen, J.J. (1996) Getting Old in Ancient Egypt London: Rubicon Press.
  4. Lehner, M. (2008) "The Complete Pyramids of Egypt" London: Thames & Hudson
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tyldesley, J. (2005) "Egypt: How a lost civilization was rediscovered" London: BBC Books
  6. Tyldesley, J. (2006) The Complete Queens of Egypt Cairo: American University Press.