Amun-Ra, lord of the sky: A deity for travellers of the western desert

Nikolaos Lazaridis

The North Kharga Oasis Survey team (NKOS) has explored a large area north of Kharga Oasis, including branches of the Darb el-Arba‘in. This paper examines the inscriptions at two rock sites in the Darb Ain Amur known today as Amun Rock and Seth Rock. Many passers-by carved tokens of their visits into these rocks. Five inscriptions invoke ‘Amun-Ra, lord of the sky’, a rare form of the Theban god. The author examines why Amun-Ra was invoked in this manner and what it reveals about the people who travelled the Western Desert.

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Lazaridis, N. 2015. Amun-Ra, lord of the sky: A deity for travellers of the western desert. BMSAES 22: 43–60.
www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/BMSAES/issues_22/lazaridis.aspx

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lazaridi@saclink.csus.edu