Talk:Flinders Petrie

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Death & head[edit]

There seems to be an error with the dates on this page- did he die in 1939 or 1942?

But mostly, I really hope the story of Flinders Petrie's head is added to this page as it is updated. —k.a.l. 22:33, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

Petrie's Head[edit]

Because you asked for it, its here! This strange, but true fact is verifiable in the Callaway article listed in Further Reading. Em-jay-es 01:40, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

family[edit]

His son John Flinders Petrie was a boyhood friend and occasional collaborator of H. S. M. Coxeter, according to Siobhan Roberts's biography of the latter. —Tamfang 19:55, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Fellow of the Academy[edit]

Google Cache of the "Neglected British History article that was published in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume VIII, Issue 28 pp 251-278. (1918) indicates he was a Fellow. Is that OR or a sensible leap of reasoning. John Vandenberg 10:36, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Tu-tu[edit]

I don't know where I read it, and I can't find it, but I believe I once heard a story that Flanders Petrie surveyed the Pyamrids at Giza in a tu-tu. Why? Because the native people around there were hostile to people messing with their sacred monuments. But they would not bother "insane" people. So he did this to avoid problems with them. Perhaps it is apocyphal. Bigmac31 16:29, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

I just and I mean just heard the same thing on a history international show so it is probably is true. Cryo921 (talk) 16:24, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
I also just NOW saw mention of it on a history international show by two different archeologists. I think I will add it. Bigmac31 (talk) 16:58, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
Per WP:PROVEIT, I've removed that statement. Until you get a source, it should not go on the page. WLU (t) (c) Wikipedia's rules:simple/complex 17:24, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Sigh. I understand the position. Hopefully, if I (or someone else) see it again on History International I can write down the names of the archaeologists who stated it. Would that be good enough? Granted it is verbal, but it would be two people, and moreover there IS a reasonable explanation for such odd behavior. And I could have sworn I saw a photo, too, but I can't find it (and in these photoshop days, I'm not sure how reliable those are!)....Bigmac31 (talk) 18:35, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
History International as in the channel? There is a {{cite episode}} template, but because it is much harder to verify than a book, article or news clipping, I'm reluctant to use or endorse it. Still, it's bad faith to assume an editor is faking a reference without good cause. WLU (t) (c) Wikipedia's rules:simple/complex 19:27, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Yes, History International the channel. I still haven't caught it again. Still looking. Again, I think it would be good if I could cite the gentlemen who said it. It would still lend authority to the story if these guys are eminent archaeologists, as I think they are. Bigmac31 (talk) 19:21, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
One thing important to know about archaeologists is that we are pronne to irreverant jokes. They were probably joking. Also, these days the History Channel is not an RS for anything history-related. Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie Say Shalom! 07:16, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

...and conservation of archaeology objects.[edit]

Should it be preservation or conservation? We talk more about preservation really. Also, should archaeology objects be changed to artifacts (US) or artefacts (UK)? Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie | Say Shalom! 13:17, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Chronicle of the Britons[edit]

There is a curious absence of any reference to Petrie's paper on the Chronicle of the Early Britons and Walter of Oxford's "ancient book in the British language" about which he suggested it could contain references to forgotten pre-Roman history from a Brythonic point of view.... a telling absence... Aetheling1125 00:30, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

It's not significant to his biography. We went over this two years ago at Brut y Brenhinedd. All Petrie did was suggest that the so-called Brut Tysillo derived from an unknown Breton work, and that it was a source of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae. Subsequent research has proven this suggestion wrong; the Brut Tysillo, like all the Welsh Bruts, derives ultimately from Geoffrey. And Petrie never used the title "Chronicle of the Early Britons"; that was invented by amateur translator William Cooper in a self-published work. Nothing about this is important enough to be in his encyclopedia article.Cúchullain t/c 17:46, 12 July 2011 (UTC)