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Hector Horeau's watercolours of Egypt made in 1838

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The Griffith Institute - University of Oxford

The Griffith Institute has been at the heart of Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford for seventy-five years.

It is home to two major research projects, the Topographical Bibliography (Porter & Moss) and the Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB). The Griffith Institute also houses an archive of 'wonderful things' containing the collective memory and life work of some of Egyptology's greatest scholars, including its founder Francis Llewellyn Griffith, as well as Sir Alan Gardiner and Jaroslav Černý. Perhaps the most famous are the records of Howard Carter whose name is synonymous with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Griffith Institute provides vital resources for the study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt and the Near East, which may be accessed directly, or online.

Griffith latest news

Discovering Tutankhamun in colour

Burton p0744 colourised

In collaboration with SC Exhibitions and Dynamichrome, a selection of Harry Burton's photographs in the Griffith Institute Archive has been colourised. These images will be featured in 'The Discovery of King Tut' exhibition, opening in New York on the 21st November 2015. See more.

Minnie Burton's diary

Photograph of Minnie Burton

On the 14th of July 2015 the Griffith Institute acquired the 1922-26 personal diary of Minnie Burton, thanks to two generous grants from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Minnie was the wife of the British archaeologist and photographer Harry Burton, who worked with Howard Carter during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. See more.

Friends of the National Libraries Heritage Lottery Fund

Percy Newberry Collection - Project News

Photograph of P. Newberry

Following the receipt of a cataloguing grant from The National Archives we have hired an Archivist to catalogue the papers of Percy Newberry. You can keep up to date with the project and find out about interesting items from the collection on Facebook as well as this project page.

The Newberry Collection - Project Archivist vacancy

Photograph of P. Newberry

We are delighted to announce that The National Archives has awarded a cataloguing grant to the Griffith Institute in order to employ a professional archivist for one year to catalogue the papers of the British Egyptologist, Percy Edward Newberry (1869-1949). See more

Photograph of T. DuQuesne

Three months ago, on the 17th of April 2014, the British Egyptologist Terence DuQuesne passed away. He very generously bequeathed his research papers to the Griffith Institute, where they will be soon available for consultation. See more.

One connected vision

We have now launched test cases for the new Digital Topographical Bibliography. Alongside searchable PDFs of the current print version, vols. 1-7, this website presents the new framework of the project and samples of new data focusing on three case-studies (Tuna el-Gebel, Tell el-FarĘżun and royal statues of provenance not known).
We would welcome feedback from users on the general appearance and style, ease of access and navigation within the case-studies, as well as thoughts and comments on any aspect of the presentation and content. See more.

PM spinces

As part of the digitization of the Topographical Bibliography, the first seven volumes have been scanned and made freely available as searchable PDFs. We are very pleased to offer them to the research community as a digital legacy to those who intensively worked on this project for over a century. See more.

Photograph of Jac. J. Janssen

Two years ago on the 23rd of August 2011, Professor Jac. J. Janssen passed away. In his memory, we are pleased to announce that his papers will be soon available for consultation at the Griffith Institute. See more.

Excerpt from the MSS Bracci

To celebrate Pietro Bracci's birthday in the month of June, we present here scans of some individual pages of an unpublished manuscript on Egyptian hieroglyphs which was believed to be lost.

The page title of the new identified album

A previously unknown album of drawings by Amelia Edwards has recently been identified in the Archive. To celebrate her birthday on June 6th, we have the pleasure to publish it online here.

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