Thursday, 29 December 2011

Postcard from Thoth Hill



Michael on the roof walked up to Thoth Hill with my walking guide Mohammed Ismail. They used a new route which only took 90 minutes which Mohammed had found. Michael is reasonable fit but closer to 80 than 70, he says it is a stiff climb but not too bad, so a good walker should have no problem. This temple is unique as far as we know being on top of a hill and worth a visit.

8 comments:

Thutmose said...

Is that temple from Ptolemeic times? I can't remember.

James

Jane Akshar said...

No Middle Kingdom built on a neolithic original, totally mud brick

Setken said...

Wow! Is there any inscriptions or art remaining? Has the Temple been fully excavated yet?

Jane Akshar said...

The Hungarians have excavated there, if you google Thoth Hill temple you will find loads of info

Setken said...

Thanks! And keep up the great work with the blog - I enjoy it!

Thutmose said...

Ah, as old as that! I'll have to make it up there sometime then.

Brian Yare said...

Flinders Petrie says 25 minutes on the level from Qurna, then 45 minutes for the climb to 1200 ft. 50 minutes coming back down. But he was a fitness freak, and only in his 40s at the time. Is it accessible by donkey?

Petrie, W.M.F. (1909) Qurna, about page 6.

Jane Akshar said...

Sadly no donkeys could make it up there, this is one of the points the Hungarians made in their book, every thing had to be hand carried up there. Every single day