Three miles in a northerly direction, following the avenue of sphinxes that form RamseseII’s processional way, over the “lost” city of Weset, ancient Thebes, one finds its sister temple of Karnak. This is a most impressive archaeological site, making Luxor temple look diminutive by comparison. Many sections of the site are still unexcavated, and the French archeological mission has a permanent presence, current digging around the little temple of Ptah.
To gage the amount of work currently going on in the Luxor area went along to the regular lectures given every sunday night in the little Mummification Museum on the Corniche. (Lovely little museum – not sure one learns too much about mummification but it has its own lovely collection of artefacts. It also have a very nice quiet veranda overlooking the Nile, a lovely place for a cigarette and a beautiful view of the sun setting over the Theban necropolis) A team from Belgium presented their findings at the “lost” tomb of Amemenope to an audience of more than 100 archeologists, certainly not all those working locally.