The “Temple of Millions of Years” of Tausret

Richard H. Wilkinson

in Tausret

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199740116
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933174 | DOI:
The “Temple of Millions of Years” of Tausret

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This chapter looks at the most recently recovered archaeological evidence for the queen—that of the temple she founded close to the temple of her illustrious ancestor, Ramesses the Great. The temple was supposedly excavated by the great English archaeologist Sir William Flinders Petrie, who concluded that the site held little more than foundations for the structure. Research conducted over the last eight years has shown, however, that the site was not actually explored beyond a very cursory probing by Petrie's men. The recent work has uncovered not only thousands of small artifacts but also important inscriptions, and clear evidence that the temple was probably completed in ancient times and doubtless played an important role in Tausret's quest for immortality through her personal monument.

Keywords: artifacts; ancient Egypt; temple; queen; female pharaohs; Sir William Flinders Petrie; personal monument

Chapter.  5538 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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