Tate, Jim, Eremin, Katherine, Troalen, Lore, Guerra, Maria Filomena, Goring, Elizabeth and Manley, W P (2009) The 17th dynasty gold necklace from Qurneh, Egypt. ArcheoSciences, 33. pp. 121-128. ISSN 9782753511811

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Abstract

In 1908, the archaeologist Flinders Petrie discovered a rich intact burial of an adult and child at Qurneh, near Luxor. Stylistically, the burial has been dated to the late 17th Dynasty, in the 16th century BC. The complete burial group came to Edinburgh in 1909. A recent examination of the rings of the necklace found with the adult burial is presented as part of a wider study of the mummy collections of the National Museums Scotland (NMS). The necklace shows sophisticated workmanship, with 1,699 rings threaded onto four strands, the rings having uniform diameter and thickness, and very few of them showing any visible joints. The necklace rings have been examined by Optical Microscopy, X-radiography, Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDS), air-path X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), and proton induced X-ray analysis (micro-PIXE). We summarise these findings and propose the method of manufacture. We also describe an experimental attempt to make joint-less rings in order to compare them with the originals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mummy, necklace, Qurneh, ring manufacture
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Collections Services
Depositing User: Users 9 not found.
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2011 09:37
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2016 11:48
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/342

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