Wooden coffin

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage
Old Kingdom
Fourth Dynasty
Egypt, Tarkhan, Grave 217

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Rectangular wooden coffin, which is now dismantled. This coffin is from grave 217 at Tarkhan, which was excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt (BSAE) during the 1911–12 season. The excavation report mentions "an instance of a coffin in a recess, with ropes still around it" as being found in grave 217, which possibly dates to the Fourth Dynasty. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, who received the object in 1913. Subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Petrie, W. M. Flinders, G. A. Wainwright, and A. H. Gardiner 1913. Tarkhan I and Memphis V. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [23] (19th year). London, Aylesbury: Hazell, Watson and Viney, Ld. [p. 27, pl. 27]