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Excavated in 1908, the complete burial of the ‘Qurna Queen’ expands our understanding of a tumultuous time in Egypt’s history.

The excavator of the burial, William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853–1942), set the standard for systematic archaeology in Egypt.

In general, archaeology a hundred years ago was quite different. Excavations took place on a larger scale, at a faster pace; Petrie employed huge teams of Egyptian excavators, who received little acknowledgement for their contributions.

Today, excavations are more targeted and focused, and archaeologists use a range of technologies that allow for more precise recording than ever before. Egyptian archaeologists run their own excavations and more work is being done to involve local communities in Egypt through outreach activities.

Watch this short film to find out how archaeology in Egypt has changed since the ‘Qurna Queen’ excavation in 1908.

Header image: Photograph taken during the excavation of the Qurna burial in 1908. It shows the ‘Qurna Queen’ buried in an area of Thebes, known as Qurna.

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