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Friday, January 23, 2009 continued

Rock cut stela of Senwosret III.

Students  reading inscription.
Students reading the inscription.

Our last graffito stop is a rock cut stela of Senwosret III of the 12th Dynasty. Now the students are put on the spot! Shaina, Ashley, Meredith, and Jessica have to read the inscription to us. Shaina and Ashley climb up to see the glyphs close at hand, and they do a great job reading us the Year 8 canal cutting text documenting the size of canal excavated for the king’s campaign in Nubia.

Picking up a water hitchhiker.

Now we head back to Aswan and pick up a water hitchhiker on the way. After all the climbing we are very hungry for lunch and visit a restaurant near the train station where the food is excellent and plentiful. Everyone eats plenty and now we head for a more touristic visit to the temple of Philae.

A restaurant near the train station.
Everyone eats well.

Another boat ride.
Taking another boat ride we approach the always beautiful temple of Philae and begin our visit. This is Norman’s first trip here, and he is enchanted, as who would not be.
A view of the temple of Philae.

Norman enjoying the visit.

The temple columns.   Andrew, Will and Keli looking up.

Jay’s shot of the goddesses on columns is really lovely, and here we see Andrew, Will, and Keli doing what every good student of Egypt should do in a temple– looking up.   

The end of the holiday finds Ashley and Meredith mugging with “Tut”, and Chris, Ashley, Emily, Meredith, and Betsy waiting for Jess and Shaina and the others. Again thanks to these students for their great contribution to the work. And happy travels!

Ashley and Meredith mugging with Tut.
The group waits.

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