Golden Mummies of Egypt: Flinders Petrie's Excavations at Hawara
Dr. Campbell Price
Arriving at the Egyptian site of Hawara in 1888, British archaeologist W.M. Flinders Petrie expected to unearth a cemetery contemporary with the pyramid (and associated temple, the so-called 'Labyrinth') of Amenemhat III of Dynasty 12. Instead, he discovered thousands of mummies of Graeco-Roman date (c. 300 BC – AD 300) - a small proportion of which were decorated with gold leaf and painted portraits.
These finds epitomise our obsession with, and expectations of, Egyptian ideals of beauty and wealth. This lecture reviews Petrie's finds and their reception in the context of a new international touring exhibition from Manchester Museum, opening at Buffalo Museum of Science in February 2020.
Dr Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. Whilst studying Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, he worked on several archaeological projects in Egypt. His main research interests include Egyptian monumental expression and the popular reception of ‘Ancient Egypt’ in the West. Campbell has published widely, lectured internationally, and makes regular appearances on TV and radio.