A Future for the Past: Petrie’s Palestinian Collection

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Calcite fish shaped jar, used for holding perfumed oils or unguents, Middle to Late Bronze Age (1650 – 1150 BC)
Image Courtesy of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL

The exhibition highlights the extraordinary finds made by the archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie, who was Professor of Egyptology at UCL and spent many years working in the area around modern Gaza in the 1920s and 30s. The sites he dug are now divided between the modern states of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. They include major towns and trading centres which flourished over 5000 years ago. He found beautiful pottery and jewellery and a huge variety of tools. This is the first time that many of these unique artefacts – housed in UCL’s Institute of Archaeology – have been on public display.
The exhibition is on at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London and is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.00pm.
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