We were lucky enough to squeeze in a visit to the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Ramses II, whose colossal statue inspired the famous poem "Ozymandias" by Shelly. Only fragments of the site remain, but there is good preservation of the large storage areas in the back of the temple in which early excavators actually lived during excavation (read it on page 1 of the report here). It was in the fourth compartment in the northwest corner of the temple that the so-called "magician's tomb" was found, in which a very important collection of papyri now known as the Ramesseum Papyri were discovered. Nadine took time to relate the battle of Qadesh while pointing out interesting features in the scenes depicted by Ramses.
OI Splendors of the Nile is a photographic and textual complement to the Oriental Institute's Splendors of the Nile program escorted by Dr. Nadine Moeller.
This trip is a great introduction to Egypt and a treat for anyone who wants to see Egypt through the eyes of a Nile traveler. We will experience many of the famous landmarks of Egyptian history as well as exclusive site visits and on-site learning.
Oriental Institute Travel Programs provide exclusive visits and on-site learning privileges not enjoyed by other institutions and travel groups. Participants learn directly from some of the most eminent archaeologists and scholars in the world, at sites the OI has been excavating and researching for almost a century. For more information on Oriental Institute Travel Programs including future departures for 2010, visit the Travel Programs website or contact the OI Membership Office.