Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries From The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Traveling for the first time to the United States are rare Egyptian artifacts from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, at Cal State San Bernardino, is the only venue for this exhibition on the west coast! The Petrie Museum, at University College London, houses the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world, outside of Egypt itself. The museum's permanent collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, excavated from some of the most famous sites in Egypt . One of which includes the royal city of Amarna, home to the infamous monotheistic King Akhenaten, predecessor and believed father-in-law of King Tutankhamun (king "Tut"). William Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), known as the father of modern archaeology, combed the tombs, temples and villages of Egypt for more than five decades, excavating most the museum's vast collection himself. Petrie is credited with instigating the major archaeological movement at the turn of the 20 th century, inspiring epic discoveries of the ancient world. The exhibit, "Excavating Egypt" will feature 220 objects portraying the daily life and burial of the ancient Egyptians. Artifacts will include one of the world's earliest surviving dresses, a fragment of the first calendar and the earliest wills in the world, written on papyrus.