Canada’s favourite ‘mummy hunter’ returns

Here is a lovely article in the St. Catharines Standard about my colleague and friend Gayle Gibson, Egyptologist and teacher extraordinaire, recently retired from the Royal Ontario Museum.  Follow the link to read the article: Canada’s favourite mummy hunter returns | St. Catharines Standard.

Gayle, this one is for you! Thanks for your support and friendship over the years.  Keep up the good work… even in retirement!  (Do Egyptologists ever really retire?)

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A Visit to Meroe

When I came home from work, there was a nice little surprise in my mailbox: a small but thick envelope from Krzys, my former thesis supervisor. I knew immediately what it was and grabbed my letter opener to open the letter quickly. Inside I found a lovely booklet—with colour pictures on glossy pages—about the archaeological site of Meroe (pronounced MAY-roe-ay) in Sudan. It is a visitors’ guide to the site, which is close enough to Khartoum to do as a day trip (tiring, but feasible). I worked at Meroe with Krzys during my graduate studies and the Great Amun Temple found there was part of my doctoral dissertation (which was on Amun temples in Nubia, published in 2008 by Archaeopress).

It’s pouring down with rain at the moment, so I think I will make myself a cup of tea and read ‘A Visit to Meroe, the Ancient Royal Capital.

(Thanks for the booklet, Krzys!)

A photo I took of the Great Amun Temple of Meroe in November 2000 (it's been a while!).

A photo I took of the Great Amun Temple of Meroe in November 2000 (it’s been a while!).

Day in the life of an archaeologist

A fun new chronicle is now available on An Archaeologist’s Diary: Day in the life of an archaeologist!  The title is inspired by my favourite Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life” and the chronicle gives a detailed account of a day in my life as an archaeologist. Today, I am offering you a glimpse of a day during my first ever archaeological season in Sudan, back in 2000, at the Royal City of Meroe (now on the UNESCO World Heritage list).  Enjoy!