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Margaret Murray

(1863—1963) Egyptologist and folklorist


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(1863–1963) [Bi]

British archaeologist well known for her work in Egypt. Born in Calcutta, she spent most of her childhood and adolescence in India. In 1893 she enrolled for a course of study at University College, London, under Flinders Petrie, and here she was introduced to Egyptology. In 1899 she was appointed junior lecturer in Egyptology at University College and in 1902 joined Petrie's expedition to Egypt. During WW1 college duties made work in Egypt impractical and Murray turned her attention to other matters, the results of which were later published as The witch cult in western Europe (1921, Oxford: OUP). After the war she continued work in Egypt, being made a Fellow of University College in 1922 and an Assistant Professor in 1924. Publications from this period include Egyptian sculpture (1930, London: Duckworth) and The splendour that was Egypt (1949, London: Sidgwick & Jackson). Having retired from her post, Murray spent WW2 working for an organization that sent lecturers to army outposts in the UK.

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1963, My first hundred years, London: Kimber

Subjects: Archaeology.


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