This exhibit features the Ancient Egyptian archaeological site of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis. The site was excavated over several years by an Italian based group from the University of Napoli Oriental Insititute and the posters were gifted to the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by them in 2013. As you journey amongst the panels, read about Ancient Egyptian red sea traditions and explorations. While you explore the archaeological site, follow the tale of the shipwrecked sailor, a Middle Kingdom story that tells the adventure of a sailor's journey on the Red Sea to the land of Punt. The story of the shipwrecked sailor is one of a series of papyrus that was located at the Imperial Museum of St. Petersburg in the 1940s. The exact origins of the papyrus is unknown, although they do date to the Middle Kingdom in Egypt.
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Created by Elizabeth Peterson.