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Online article about Margaret Benson- 19th Century excavator

 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:52 pm    Post subject: Online article about Margaret Benson- 19th Century excavator Reply with quote

There's an article about Margaret Benson on the Archaeology website.
This woman excavated the Mut Temple in Thebes in the 19th century.

It's an interesting description of her life and work.
She apparently wrote a book about her work at the temple of Mut. That would be interesting reading Very Happy

Start of article:
Quote:
That Air of Expectation, Still and Assured August 11, 2006
by Sarah Pickman

Egyptology pioneer Maggie Benson--in her own words

The Temple of Mut is the earthly home of Mut, the powerful mother goddess and defender of Egypt, and a testament to the might of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, who built the temple to associate herself with the revered goddess and emphasize both her own position of power and her femininity. Thus, it seems fitting that another pioneering female, Margaret Benson, conducted the first large-scale excavations of the Temple of Mut. As the first woman to lead an excavation in Egypt, Benson worked for three seasons at Mut between 1895 and 1897, unearthing valuable evidence of the temple's history and Hatshepsut's influence there. The letters she wrote to friends and family from Egypt, compiled by her brother Arthur into Life and Letters of Maggie Benson (1917), and the book she co-authored on the excavation, The Temple of Mut at Asher (1899), provide a glimpse into the mind of this extraordinary woman. They reveal Benson's devotion to the project and to the temple, her interest in Egyptology, and her keen intellect and wit.


To read the rest:
http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/benson/index.html
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