Friday, September 29, 2006

Petrie Museum on the move (
On the Science Magazine's Random Samples page, there's a short paragraph about the Petrie Museum and its plans to move to new premises: "The Petrie Museum, one of the world's biggest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts, has been "temporarily" housed at University College London (UCL) since 1953. But its 80,000 objects are finally going to have a permanent home. Groundbreaking began this month on a new building on UCL grounds, to open in 2010.
The museum is named for Egyptologist William Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), whose excavations provided a wealth of objects from daily life such as pottery, lamps, and jewelry ranging from prehistoric times to the Islamic period. The $53 million project is good news to the archaeologists who now flock to the Petrie's cramped quarters to do research."
It is excellent news that the project is now firmly underway, because of all the difficulties that have been experienced during fund-raising. The prehistoric collection is excellent, and access to the collections for researchers has been made very easy. My best wishes to them. For more information see: (Petrie Museum home page) (the new museum pages are under the Petrie Museum menu item)

The Petrie also has an innovative teaching and learning resource called Digital Egypt at:

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