Day School: Petrie and Pendlebury

Ref: C2225254

Sir Flinders Petrie died in 1942 at the grand old age of 89, whereas John Pendlebury at a mere 36 had already pre-deceased him in 1940. Both archaeologists had excavated at the famous capital city of Amarna where – respectively in 1892 and the 1930s – they had relished turning their backs on the unromantic aspects of contemporary life. Both men refused to allow any wheeled transport at the site. Here the difference between them ended. Petrie in 1892 was excavating alone, living in a tomb, and eating sardines and semolina pudding. For Pendlebury in the 1930s, Amarna was a dig house offering friendships, kippers and caviar, the romance of dressing up as Pharaoh Akhenaten, high jumping, sack races, and the chance to make documentary films.

Course aim

Experience excavations in Egypt from the 1880s to the 1930s. Find out what archaeologists Flinders Petrie and John Pendlebury had in common, and what made them so different.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the excavating careers of Flinders Petrie and John Pendlebury
  • Explain their respective attitudes to life on an excavation
  • Contrast the stories around their respective deaths

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Petrie and Pendlebury


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