The Sphinx Revealed

The Sphinx Revealed : A Forgotten Record of Pioneering Excavations

Edited by Patricia Usick , Edited by Deborah Manley

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In 2002 a two-volume manuscript memoir on the Pyramids and Sphinx, by Henry Salt, was rediscovered in the archives of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, at the British Museum. It was then studied in depth for the first time. The Text volume, written by Salt, the British Consul General in Egypt from 1816 until his death there in 1827, relates the results of work carried out by Captain Caviglia in 1816-18 in the Giza necropolis area on Salt's behalf. The Atlas volume contains 66 original drawings by Salt, showing the first modern excavation of the Sphinx and illustrates their discoveries beneath the Sphinx, in the Great Pyramid and among the surrounding tombs. These drawings include an annotated ground plan of the Giza necropolis which, for the first time, elucidates their discoveries. Salt also made accurate and important early copies of hieroglyphic and Greek inscriptions found during the Sphinx excavations and recorded the massive Roman stairway that was later cleared away. The work also enables us to illustrate and provenance certain pieces which came to the Museum through Salt and Caviglia.

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 206 x 294 x 6mm | 381.02g
  • 30 Oct 2007
  • BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
  • London
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Reprint
  • 70 b/w illus
  • 086159164X
  • 9780861591640
  • 1,773,483

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Patricia Usick is Honorary archivist in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan and author of Adventures in Egypt and Nubia: The Travels of William John Bankes (1786-1855), published by British Museum Press 2002. Deborah Manley is co-author of Henry Salt: Artist, Traveller, Diplomat, published in 2001.

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For anyone interested in the archaeology of Giza, and of the Sphinx in particular, this will be a most welcome volume.'--Robert Patridge"Ancient Egypt Magazine" (01/01/2007)

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