Oh you guys! 42 comments on my opening paragraph - I'm utterly overwhelmed!
For those wondering: yes, I really did write that down in five minutes, though I was much longer in planning. That's still ongoing, and there's an outline sorely in need of writing as I get my head around the details.
Professor Flinders-Petrie is (or was) a real person. An English Egyptologist, he was responsible for discovering sites such as Naukratis, Tanis and Abydos (the Egyptian city not the planet, heh). More on Flinders-Petrie for the curious.
I know very little about archaeology, so this is going to be an interesting learning curve. Especially as what I do know comes from Stargate SG1. It has something to do with magnets...
Joking! I know more than that, I swear.