BYU in Egypt


The top of what remains of the Seila Pyramid, which was largely buried by drifting sand


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 oasis of al-Fayyum is marked in red on this map.


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.



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