site of Meydum, one of the most important royal and non-royal cemeteries
of the Old Kingdom (2625-2130 B.C.) was excavated from 1929-1931
under the direction of Egyptian Section Curator Alan Rowe. His work
was a continuation of that begun by Flinders Petrie at the pyramid
of Meydum and the surrounding 3rd and 4th Dynasty (2675-2500 B.C.)
mastabas. Rowe's excavations also uncovered later burials of the
Middle Kingdom (1980-1630 B.C.) through the Graeco Roman Period
(332 B.C.-A.D. 642).
Rowe and workmen pump groundwater during excavations of the valley
temple at Meydum, c. 1929-32.