Religion and Conscience in Ancient Egypt: Lectures Delivered at University Colledge
Publisher: Methuen & Co
179+[40 ad] pages with illustrations and chart. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4") issued in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. First edition, first state with the advertisement pages dated September 1897.
Petrie excavated ancient remains in Britain (1875-80), Egypt (1880-1924), and Palestine (1927-38) and was (1892-1933) professor of Egyptology at University College, London. In 1894 he founded the Egyptian Research Account, which became (1905) the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. His most important excavations were at Memphis, but he made many other outstanding discoveries. Among these are the sites of Greek settlements at Naucratis (1885) and Daphnae (1886); tombs of the first dynasty at Abydos (1899); the stele of Merneptah at Thebes (1896), inscribed with the earliest known Egyptian reference to Israel; and ruins of 10 cities at Tel-el-Hesy (S of Jerusalem). His writings include many works on ancient Egypt, Methods and Aims in Archaeology (1904), and Seventy Years in Archaeology (1931). He edited A History of Egypt (6 vol., rev. ed. 1923-27), of which he wrote the first three volumes. A tireless and meticulous excavator, Petrie was responsible for greatly advancing the methodology of archaeology. He was particularly innovative in the interpretation of deeply stratified deposits, undertaking the serration of undercoated pottery and demonstrating how ceramics from Egypt could be used to establish the age of archaeological strata outside Egypt, a technique known as cross-dating.
Corners bumped, book plate on front paste down, mild rubbing to spine ends and corners, spine slightly darkened. A very good copy issued without jacket.
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