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A guide to the Egyptology collection held in the Institute of Archaeology Library

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Welcome to your Egyptology subject guide

Temple of Isis at Philae, ancient Egypt. A monumental gateway, with carving of Egyptian gods and goddesses on either side

© Temple of Isis at Philae, Egypt. Vyacheslav Argenberg /, CC BY 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

These pages have been put together by your specialist subject librarian to provide guidance in the subject area of Egyptology, the study of the language, history, and culture of ancient Egypt. 

Use the navigation menu to the left to view what's available, including print and online materials, how-to videos, and details of further training available through LibrarySkills@UCL.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Key Resources for Egyptology

The Egyptology collection encompasses a range of formats, from print and electronic books, journals and folios, to maps, databases, and pamphlets. Lesser used material, including back-runs of some print journals, are kept in off-site Stores


Print collections 

Many key books and journals in Egyptology are still published only as print and for thorough research, you will need to consult a range of both print and online resources. Many are in German, French, Italian,and other European languages; there will be no translation into English available. 

Find your module reading list to see what key readings you can access electronically or search on UCL Explore to find more e-books. 

Key databases for Egyptology 

The best resource to find subject specific journal articles, conference proceedings and more:

Subject Collections

The Egyptology collection is located in the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library and is also known as the Edwards Egyptology Library. Formerly located in the Petrie Museum of Egyptology, it was established along with the museum in 1892 through a bequest from Amelia Edwards (1831-1892), a popular novelist, explorer, and patron of Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942). 

The collection is international in scope and covers all aspects of Egyptology from the pre-dynastic period (6000-3150 BCE) to the Arab Conquest (639-646 AD). It includes many important series and excavation reports, and materials on ancient Egyptian language, literature, art, architecture, religion, and history. Texts are purchased in hieroglyphic, demotic, and Coptic. 

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