Travelling by dahabiah, a well-appointed sailing craft peculiar to
the Nile, and armed with sketch-book and measuring tape, Amelia
Edwards carefully recorded all she saw of the temples, graves, and
monuments - even discovering a buried chapel of her own- and
provided in A Thousand Miles Up The Nile the first general
archaeological survey of Egypt's ruins. The book is full of
historical footnotes and careful details. Amelia Edwards was
responsible for founding the first chair in Egyptology (a science
she helped create) at University College London, and was behind the
appointment of Sir Flinders Petrie. She established herself as one
of the authorities on the subject of Ancient Egypt and her book A
Thousand Miles Up the Nile has remained one of the most inspiring
travel books in the subject.
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