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The object of study: Egyptology, anthropology and archaeology at the University of Oxford, 1860–1960.

Stevenson, AE; (2014) The object of study: Egyptology, anthropology and archaeology at the University of Oxford, 1860–1960. In: Histories of Egyptology: interdisciplinary measures. (pp. 19-33). Routledge: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

In his inaugural lecture given at the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum on 8 May 1901, Francis Llewellyn Griffi th (1862-1934), Reader of Egyptology, outlined his vision for the future of the discipline. It was an address that was full of optimism for the manner in which his specialist subject would contribute to the developing science of anthropology. Yet, as the twentieth century progressed, disciplinary boundaries became far less permeable, and Egyptology found itself increasingly isolated from other subjects. Accounting for such disciplinary cleavages is not simple, and Griffi th’s perspective highlights only one moment in the complex and entangled relationship of Egyptology, archaeology, and anthropology. His address also highlights one very particular social and intellectual setting for the academic enactment of Egyptology: the University of Oxford. A brief case study of aspects of Egyptology at this institution within the context of British Egyptology and anthropology forms the basis for this chapter.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The object of study: Egyptology, anthropology and archaeology at the University of Oxford, 1860–1960.
ISBN-13: 9780203754139
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9780203754139
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203754139
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496064
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