Friday, June 24, 2005

Tales from the crypt
" 'My major interest is not in funerary archaeology,' says Hope, who began his study of ancient Egyptian settlements in 1974 and continued investigations at two excavations in Dakhleh Oasis, in the Egyptian Sahara and about 450 kilometres west of the Nile, after settling in Australia five years later. He has explored temples, homes, administrative buildings and cemeteries at the remains of a village at Ismant el-Kharab occupied from the Ptolemaic period (332 to 30BC) to the end of the fourth century and Mutel-Kharab, the ancient capital where the Temple of Seth, Lord of the Oasis, stood from at least the end of the New Kingdom (1550 to 1069 BC)".
This combines a feature on British Egyptologist Colin Hope, who is based in Melbourne, with a summary of the travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, featuring Keku's mummy.

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