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With its long history stretching from prehistoric times to the end of Pharaonic Egypt at the hands of the Persians, many web resources take a very simplistic view of ancient Egyptian culture. Many of the gods retain their names, but their aspects change and blend with other deities. Art styles vary widely from period to period. Government structures generally revolve about the person of the king, but may be centralized or provincial at various times throughout this long historical period.

There are some good starting points to find reliable information about ancient Egypt which appreciate the diversity and complexity of this fascinating civilization. These sites also will provide other links to equally reliable information in other locations on the internet. This is NOT a comprehensive list.

A word about Wikipedia: Much information and photograph labeling is incorrect on Wikipedia due to the nature in which information is collected. Material is posted without being reviewed by experts in many cases. Until full peer reviewing of Wikipedia entries is implemented, we do not recommend it as a source of verifiable information or photographs.

Digital Egypt at the Petrie Museum, University College, London is an excellent departure point for the exploration of Egyptian civilization. Broken down into easily manageable pieces, illustrated with real objects from their collection, ancient Egypt comes alive at all levels of society, from the peasants farming and fishing to the soldiers and scribes who underpin the government as well as the king and his courtiers.

Electronic resources from the Griffith Institute Archive provides students with an opportunity to study Howard Carter's excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamen through Harry Burton's photographs, Carter's notes, Lucas' materials studies, and Sir Alan Gardiner's translations of inscriptions. Flinders Petrie was an excavator who was among the first to employ photography in excavations and to record the tombs and temples of Egypt. A fine collection of his photographs are available here as well. Photographs and watercolors of many tombs and temples can be found here as well.

Most major museum collections of Egyptian antiquities have useful websites as well, often with special sections devoted to the younger student.


Ashmolean Museum

Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection Berlin
Bolton Museum
British Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Cairo Museum is currently unavailable, try Flickr Egyptian art group's Cairo museum photos
Fitzwilliam Museum
Hermitage Museum
Liverpool Museum
Manchester Museum
Metropolitan Museum

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaelogy
Belges Museés Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire: Égypte
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum - Hildesheim

UCLA has developed a digitized vision of Karnak Temple from its beginnings to its full development in the Late Period.

Other resources include:

ETANA: Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives is a resource from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and other institutions, providing ancient texts in translation and books on Egypt and the Near East as digital downloads.

Global Egyptian Museum is a collection of photographs archived from many museums' collections.

Flickr Photo Pool: Ancient Egyptian Art


Niagra Falls Museum Mummy collection


Guardian's Egypt - Websites of current excavations in Egypt.


The Theban Mapping Project has complete maps, photographs and plans of the Valley of the Kings.


The Giza Archives at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts


One of the most comprehensive sites devoted to Egyptian tombs from many periods is It includes many plans and photographs of tombs not open to the public


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