Egypt Exploration Fund


The Egypt Exploration Society was founded in 1882 as the Egypt Exploration Fund by Miss Amelia Blanford Edwards (1831-1892), author and Egyptologist, with the assistance of Sir Erasmus Wilson (1809-1884) and Reginald Stuart Poole (1832-1895), with the aim of raising funds to excavate archaeological sites in Sudan and the Nile Delta.

Many famous Egyptologists worked for the Fund, including Edouard Naville (1844-1926), Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) and Howard Carter (1874-1939). The Fund was renamed the Egypt Exploration Society after the First World War and continues to this day to fund and support archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt.

The Horniman museum began acquiring archaeological specimens from the Fund in 1896 when they received a mummy and coffin from the excavation at Deir-el-Bahari. In 1902, they received remains of an early dynastic grave collected by Professor Flinders Petrie for the society at Abydos. In the 1920s, the Horniman purchased specimens on four occasions from Tell el-Amarna and Abydos excavations.

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1882 - circa 1920

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