Excavating Egypt

Working on a dig in Egypt is a dream for so many people and Excavating Egypt showcases the Egypt Exploration Society’s long history of exploration in the Nile valley and the characters involved in that work since 1882.

Welcome to Excavating Egypt, an exhibition that recreates life on an archaeological site in Egypt from the Society’s foundation in 1882 right through to today. With over a century of exploration behind us, nowhere is the history of Egyptological investigation better researched than in the Society’s Lucy Gura Archive. Containing thousands of historical records including object record cards, letters, diaries, negatives, watercolours, maps, plans, archaeological equipment and more, the Lucy Gura Archive constitutes one of the largest and most important archaeological archives in the world. Attracting researchers from all over the globe these records are often inaccessible to the general public without prior appointment; for the first time ever this exhibition displays some of the highlights from the archive in the context in which they were created – the exploration of Egypt’s heritage.

Exploration can take many forms; from first-hand excavation on site, to the organisation of those expeditions from the Society’s offices in London or Cairo. Investigation continues through research in our Ricardo A. Caminos Memorial Library or Lucy Gura Archive in London, where staff and volunteers catalogue and preserve archaeological records making them available to visiting researchers and members of the public.


Excavations underway at the North Saqqara Sacred Animal Necropolis in the 1960s. Sand clearance using a Decauville Railway can be seen in the foreground while the Abusir pyramids are beyond on the horizon.

Excavating Egypt is a pop-up exhibition designed and created by the Society’s 2014-15 volunteers. The same volunteers will also be seen around the exhibition running events and answering any questions – why not ask them to tell you more about the displays while you are here?

This exhibition is being held during the Council for British Archaeology’s 2015 Festival of Archaeology which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Why not explore more of their events on their website?

Staff and volunteers at the EES would like to thank our international membership for their generosity in promoting the Society’s work and this exhibition.

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