Amelia Blanford Edwards

Amelia Edwards became an Egyptologist, indeed the “godmother of Egyptology” in England, after forsaking a successful career as a journalist and novelist. Some of her books are still in print. On her single trip to Egypt in the winter of 1873-74, she was both fascinated by the antiquities she saw everywhere and appalled by their endangered state of deterioration. She became convinced that more scientific research and archaeology had to be pursued before the record of this civilization was lost and she spent the rest of her life fundraising, organizing, publishing and lecturing in the effort to raise public awareness in England and America of what needed to be done. Miss Edwards co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund (now Society) to field expeditions and she left in her will enough money to endow the first professorship in Egyptian archaeology in England at University College London, a post assumed by the great Flinders Petrie whose genius she was the first to recognize.

Author of biography: Barbara S. Lesko
Includes bibliography? Yes

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Keywords: Egyptology, Edwards Chair, University College London, Egyptian archaeology, travel books, Walpoles, Wellington, Saturday Review, Morning Post, Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys, Dolomites, Thousand Miles up the Nile,

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Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists
Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004