I watched a very brief presentation today from Dr. Kerry Muhlstein regarding the on-going BYU excavation project at Seila, in the Egyptian Fayyum. It made me homesick. Surely there are few places on the planet more evocative and, in a sense, more romantic, than Egypt.
The Greco-Roman necropolis at Seila contains roughly a million mummies, extending from the pagan period up to roughly the arrival of Islam in AD 639-642. The pyramid, built by Snefru (ruled ca. 2600 BC) – the father of Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid at Giza — is proving to have been both far larger (probably about seven stories tall) and much more interesting than previously thought.
A wonderful site. Deeply interesting.