Oxbow Classics in Egyptology

This series comprises facsimile re-issues of typological catalogues produced between 1898 and 1937 by W.M. Flinders Petrie, based on his vast collection of Egyptian artefacts. Mostly excavated by Petrie during many seasons of campaign in the latter years of the 19th and early decades of the 20th century, these artefacts now reside in the Petrie Museum at University College, London. Long out of print, the catalogues were re-issued in facsimile by publishers Aris & Phillips in the 1970s alongside newly-commissioned titles, based on more recent examination of elements of the Petrie Collection by contemporary experts. The Oxbow Classics in Egyptology series makes a selection of these important resources available again in print for a new generation of students and scholars.

The archaeology of Egypt continues to fascinate. Multi-disciplinary investigation and research continues unabated, encompassing methodologies, scientific and data processing techniques, theoretical approaches, and even whole paradigms that were unheard of in the 1970s and undreamt of when Petrie was working in Egypt. Yet all the titles included in this series continue to be invaluable sources of basic data, providing an unparalleled resource that can easily be cross-referenced with the actual materials they describe and discuss. They remain within the Petrie Collection where they may be accessed and re-examined as new research flourishes. As historic documents, the Petrie catalogues stand as exemplars of the craft of typological classification – the backbone of modern archaeology – much of which, though refined by absolute dating and another 100 years of research, still stands the test of time.

The series will comprise 30 books in total, published between March 2023 and December 2024. Full title information will be added here once available. The first 16 volumes in the series are:


Scarabs and Cylinders (with Names)

Buttons and Design Scarabs


Glass Stamps and Weights

Ancient Weights and Measures

Objects of Daily Use

Tools and Weapons

Prehistoric Egypt

Corpus of Prehistoric Pottery and Slate Palettes

Naqada and Ballas

Illahun, Kahun and Gurob

Ancient Egyptian Figured Ostraca

Amarna City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Nefertiti as Pharaoh

The Birds of Ancient Egypt

Brick Architecture in Ancient Egypt (title link available soon)


Images from the Petrie Collection
© Mary Hinkley, UCL Educational Media




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