EGYPTIAN RESEARCH ACCOUNT: A society carrying on archeological research in Egypt, which had its beginnings about 1893, when through the exertions of Prof. W. M. Flinders Petrie a fund was collected to assist students in Egypt. For eleven years the fund (the "Research Account"), continued by subscriptions, was administered by Professor Petrie as a personal trust, and the students who shared in it worked in accord with his excavations latterly conducted for the Egypt Exploration Fund (q.v.). In 1905 a different basis was found desirable, and the work was organized and expanded at a public meeting of subscribers and friends held in London. Regulations were adopted stating the name of the new association to be the "Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archeology in Egypt." The office was appointed at University College, London. The objects were defined as follows:


a. To conduct excavations and pay all expenses incidental thereto.

b. To discover and acquire antiquities and to distribute the same to public museums.

c. To publish works.

d. To hold exhibitions.

e. To promote the training and assistance of students.


All of these objects to be carried on in relation to Egypt, meaning in general the Nile valley, but with occasional extension to any part of the former kingdom of Egypt.


All receipts from subscriptions, bequest, or sale of books are applied solely to the objects mentioned above, and no expenses are incurred for offices or management. Antiquities not claimed by the Egyptian government are divided among subscribers and among public museums in proportion to the amounts contributed in their respective localities. The management of the society is in the hands of an executive committee appointed by a general committee, which in turn is appointed by the subscribers at an annual general meeting held in London. A director has charge of the work in the field and the work of students. He is the professor of Eyptology in University College, London, if he choose to fill the position; if not, appointment is made by the general committee on nomination of the executive committee. Professor Petrie has continued as director. Late work of the society has been excavation at Tell el-Yehudiyeh, twenty miles north of Cairo, where it is thought the celebrated Hyksos capital Avaris has been discovered, and also the town and temple of Onias, the Jewish high priest who fled Egypt about 150 B.C. The exploration of Memphis is now in progress, and it is estimated that fully fifteen years will be required to excavate the temple sites alone, apart from the city. The following is the complete list of the society’s publications, and indicates the locality and character of the work done since its beginning:


i.         1895. J. E. Quibell, Ballas.

ii.        1896. J. E. Quibell, The Ramesseum.

iii.       1897. J. E. Quibell, El Kab.

iv.       1898. W. M. Flinders Petrie, Hierakontopolis, i.

v.        1899. F. W. Green and J. E. Quibell, Hierakontopolis, ii.

vi.       1900. J. Garstang, El Arabah.

vii.      1901. J. Garstang, Mahasna.

viii.     1902. A. St. G. Caulfeild, The Temple of the Kings.

ix.       1903. M. A. Murray, The Osireion.

x.        1904. M. A. Murray, Saqqara Mastabas, L. Lost, Gurob.

xi.       1905. Hilda Petrie, Saqqara Mastabas, ii.

xii.      1906. W. M. Flinders Petrie, Hyksos and Israelite Cities.

xiii.     1907. W. M. Flinders Petrie, Gizeh and Rifeh.

xiv.     1908. W. M. Flinders Petrie, Athribis and Memphis, I.