WHEN WE THINK OF ANCIENT TEMPLES, AND BURIAL SITES LIKE THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS, TOURISTS COME TO MIND. WE SEE BUSES SPITTING OUT GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME FROM FAR AWAY TO CATCH A CLIMPSE OF THE PAST.
I WAS ONE OF THOSE TOURISTS WHEN I VISITED MEDINA HABU, RAMSES III TEMPLE. AND WHILE STANDING AMONG THE HUGE COLUMNS SUDDENLY ANOTHER KIND OF BUS UNLOADED ITS CARGO. IT WAS A SCHOOL BUS RELEASING RUNNING, LAUGHING, SCREAMING CHILDREN. EGYPTIAN CHILDREN.
I FOUND OUT THAT ONE DAY A WEEK THE SCHOOLS IN EGYPT HAVE A FIELD TRIP VISITING ANCIENT SITES. THE TEACHERS HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE KEEPING THE CHILDREN FOCUSED ON RAMSES III. BUT, FOR ME, HEARING THEIR YOUNG VOICES WITHIN THE ANCIENT WALLS BROUGHT THOSE WALLS ALIVE!
More from Egypt soon
So happy to hear this! Many Egyptians are disconnected from their ancient past and view the sites as ‘belonging’ to western archaeologists or the government. Monica Hanna presented a fascinating paper at last year’s ARCE conference on this very subject.
Hello Tricia I attended the Arce conference last year and was very impressed with Monica Hanna’s lecture – do you attend Arce conferences? If so we might meet one day – thank you for reading my Blog