Petrie spent 6 years (1898-1904) excavating the necropolis of Abydos, uncovering the royal cenotaphs of predynastic times.
But they did not follow the stratification of a site in relation to established chronologies.
His views on epigraphy and the origin of the alphabet roused strong opposition.
He was knighted in 1923 and died on July 23, 1942, at Jerusalem.
Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) was an English archeologist who revolutionized excavation methods, thus laying the basis for modern archeological techniques.
Flinders Petrie was born on June 3, 1853, at Charlton near Greenwich. At the age of 22, he published his a study of ancient weights and measures.Experimental archaeology has revealed how the black-top effect was created (by placing the vessel upside down in the kiln, so the ashes of the fuel prevented oxygen from reaching the slip glaze), a process that curator Alice Stevenson calls “a real achievement for prehistory”.