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).
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!