Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie

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Born in Charlton, Kent England in 1853, William Mathew Flinders was an English Egyptologist and a pioneer of the systemic archeology methodology and artifacts preservation[1].    The British Egyptologist and archeologist made significant contributions to the methods and techniques in field excavations. He invented the dating method archeologist use to reconstruct history from the remains of the ancient cultures. Mathew Petrie as he is popularly known developed interests in ethnology at an early age especially in Egyptology and ancient measures and weigh. The interest led to the publication of Inductive Metrology at the age of 22.  Flinders studied British Archeological sites that included the Stonehenge from the year 1875 to 1880. Since the year 1880, Flinders actively surveyed excavations in Palestine and Egypt. The surveys interspersed with lectures at the Universities.  He managed to publish an estimated 40 voluminous prodigious output, numerous plates his autobiography and a number of popular books.

Petrie arrived in Egypt in 1880 and began excavations at the Giza pyramids. He remained at the site until 1886 and enjoyed funding from the Egyptian government.  The next excavations were at the Temple of 1884 that began in 1884, Naucratis in 1885 before moving to Daphne town in 1890[2]. In addition, Petrie excavated the Illahun, Hawara, and Ghurab in Egypt since 1888-1890 before proceeding to Maydum pyramids in 1891[3].  In the year 1892, Petrie became the Edwards professor of Egyptology at the London university college.

In 1890, Petrie first applied the principle of sequence dating in Jerusalem in Palestine.  Using approximately six weeks, Petrie was able to excavate a series of ancient occupations and identified tentative habitation dates.  It was during this study that marked an important achievement in archeology. The stratigraphic study at Troy enabled the examination of successive site levels

[1]              Drower, Margaret S. 1995. Flinders Petrie: a life in archaeology. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press.

[2]              Petrie, W. M. Flinders, Hilda Petrie, and Margaret S. Drower. 2004. Letters from the desert : the correspondence of Flinders and Hilda Petrie. Park End Place, Oxford: Aris and Phillips.


[3] Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 2003. Seventy years in archaeology. London: Kegan Paul