Brunton, Matmar and the MAA

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Brunton, Matmar and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Eleanor Wilkinson, Collections Assistant at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology writes:

As part of the Store Stories project, the archaeology section of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) has begun work on repacking and updating its catalogue on the material excavated by Guy Brunton at the site of Matmar in Upper Egypt.

Brunton excavated at Matmar over two seasons (1929/30 and 1930/31) and it was thanks to the then curator of the MAA, Louis Colville Gray Clarke that a significant number of excavation finds came to the museum. This material ranges from beads and scarabs to roofing and door bolts, dating across all periods of Egyptian antiquity.

The MAA’s involvement in Store Stories will be to better pack and catalogue Brunton’s Matmar material, enabling these important objects to be more easily accessible to visitors to the Keyser Workroom and be stored to conservation standard – cotton wool being the bane of its existence! We will keep readers up to date each week with information on how our repacking is progressing and what we have unearthed in the latest box we have opened…

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