Flinders Petrie: Resurrection

If you’ve been watching my progress, you will know a week or so ago, in a fit of naughtiness I posted a graphic design T-shirt appropriating the classic Indiana Jones style for the real archaeologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie.

The notorious shirt

I know a lot of my viewers enjoy the little lessons and information that I usually provide on my historical works so I decided to do this journal even though I don’t normally comment on my graphic work.

Matthew Flinders is a name well known to Australians because of his amazing cartography work here. His grandson who is widely known as Flinders Petrie made a name for himself in the field of Egyptology – which brings us to here and now.

I read about Petrie’s work in my first year Egyptology topic on Predynastic Egypt and was impressed.

Flinders Petrie

I love doing design work and the recent weather in Australia (99% humidity for successive days) made it impossible to paint so I turned my attentions back to my sadly neglected graphics tablet and got started on an idea I had been mulling over for some time. After bouncing the idea off a few people and getting a few chortles I decided to go ahead with the design. I made the shirt as a bit of fun, yes Archaeologists and Egyptologists DO have a sense of humour and in a moment of sheer insanity I tweeted a link to the image to the Director of the Egyptian Exploration Society, Mr Chris Naunton (who Timely tags as my “most interesting” follower. Don’t worry my dears, you are ALL interesting!)

Imagine my surprise and delight when he responded that he liked the shirt!

Mr Naunton has been involved with the production of a new documentary about Flinders Petrie: Flinders Petrie: ‘The Man Who Discovered Egypt’ that will be broadcast in the UK on BBC4 at 9.00 pm on 26 March 2012.

I like the title of the documentary, what it doesn’t say as a postscript is: “as opposed to the man who pillaged and wantonly destroyed Egypt” – and this is what I like about Petrie. He took his archaeology seriously, carefully cataloging finds and developing dating systems for pottery instead of ripping things apart and selling them.

Some of Petrie’s ideas were (at charitable best) “interesting” and in not so charitable terms “nutsokazooy” – but for a man of his time his contribution to the field of serious Egyptology is hard to beat. For this reason I thought it would be neat to emblazon his name in the well known style you see above and “put it out there”.

If you would like to know more about Flinders Petrie and the EES check out Chris’ blog

Big thanks to Donna Huntriss in whose footsteps I walk here on redbubble and twitter.

Journal Comments

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