The Griffith Institute is named after the British Egyptologist Francis Llewellyn Griffith. It is part of the University of Oxford and is devoted to the study of Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
Francis Llewellyn Griffith (1862-1934). Having won a scholarship to study at The Queen's College, Oxford, Griffith came up as an undergraduate in 1879, with an enthusiasm for Egyptology fired at school, and taught himself Egyptian instead of reading for the expected honours degree in classics. Griffith became Reader at Oxford in 1901, and then Professor of Egyptology from 1924 to 1932. His career was remarkable in spanning two diverse fields ‑ he was a brilliant philologist but also an active excavator in Egypt and the Sudan. On his death he bequeathed the major part of his estate for the creation of a permanent home or institute for the study of the ancient languages and antiquities of the Near East, if possible in or adjacent to, the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. The terms of his will came into effect in 1937; building work began later that year and the Institute was opened on 21 January, 1939, with its own independent committee of management.
Today, the Institute, now housed in a wing of the Sackler Library, edits and publishes the much respected Topographical Bibliography of Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings, an essential tool for any Egyptologist working with monuments. It also houses an Egyptological archive, the largest one of its kind in the world. The Griffith Institute Archive owns early copies of inscriptions, drawings and watercolours, old negatives and photographs, squeezes and rubbings which are analyzed, catalogued and made available for consultation. Among some one hundred and thirty groups of material, there are the papers of Sir Alan Gardiner and Professors B. G. Gunn and J. Černý, the official excavation records made by Howard Carter during his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the documentation from the Nubian expeditions of Griffith and Sir Henry Wellcome, an archive of photographs of Egypt by John Ross, as well as the papers of early travellers who recorded monuments in Egypt at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
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