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Map of Thebes

Post by Who2 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:13 am

I am trying to locate a copy of Sir John Gardiner Wilkinson's map of Thebes.
c 1873 'ish.
Specifically an old Sycamore Tree located on the West Bank that was located somewhere near the Nile during those times.
This tree is mentioned in many Nile journals of those times as it was the main landing stage for the West Bank in those days.
There are sycamores over 7OO years old and was known as The Tree of Life..'so any help greatly appreciated...8)



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Post by LivinginLuxor » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:52 am

I've got a couple of maps of Thebes, but on neither is the main landing stage shown. However, I've found Gardner's reference to the Sycamore tree..

" Next morning, after looking over the small temple of old Koorneh, called Kasr e' Rubáy, alittle less than half a mile from the landing place at the sycamore tree, you may visit the three principal tombs of the Assaseef "

So, my guess would be that it could be found near the Aida road - linking the Nile to the crossroads near Qurna hospital. I'll email you the old maps of Thebes later.
I might agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong!
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Post by Who2 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:53 am

Cheers Stan, it might still exist somewhere, when I locate It, I shall sit under it like Guatama Buddha, until I either gain more enlightenment or boredom sets in.
I know his was a Bodhi tree but it's related and no-doubt the sap has the same effect as melting the calcium.........8)
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PS: Edward Lane reckoned Wilkinson pinpointed it exactly on one of his maps.

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Post by Kevininabydos » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:31 am

been looking but cannot find one bigger than a postage stamp so far!
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Post by Bullet Magnet » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:40 pm

Here you go..

I have converted a book named "Topography of Thebes and General View of Egypt". into PDF format for you..
I hope the map you are searching for exists within.. ?

http://www.alderclose.com/Topography_of ... iew_of.pdf

File size is 17 Mg..

Depends on how fast your Internet connection is, I would use the SAVE option, then view at your leisure.. 8)

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Post by Who2 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:52 pm

Cheers for that our leisure is about 3am on a shove tuesday, I'm sure it will be as quick as Cowboys & Aliens 2O11.......8)
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Post by Bullet Magnet » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:06 pm

Your Welcome...

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...In the meantime, I will see if the map exists as a standalone version..
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Post by A-Four » Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:49 pm

I return to the UK before Christmas, I have a number of his books, the one I think you are referring to Dr is a two vol set which I have, and will come back to this if I can find the info for you.

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Post by Who2 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:17 pm

Thanks A4, I think he has a few line drawing of pigeons in there as well........8)
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Post by Brian Yare » Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:42 pm

I don't know which Gardner Wilkinson book is involved. I have "The Ancient Egyptians: Their Life and Customs, 1853" on my desk, and can not immediately spot the reference, but think it is a later book or set.

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Re: Map of Thebes

Post by carolinjohansson » Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:27 pm

The mooring place is indeed marked on several maps e.g Lane 1823, Hughes 1850. Not sure it is in Wilkinson map though?
I have a vague memory reading that someone had located it but can't remember where I read it. There was a saqiya at the spot as well which may be regocnized. Please let me know if anyone finds it ;)
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Post by A-Four » Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:14 pm

A-Four wrote:I return to the UK before Christmas, I have a number of his books, the one I think you are referring to Dr is a two vol set which I have, and will come back to this if I can find the info for you.
Really sorry Dr, I missed this, what, some five years ago.

Since then my London house is long gone, and although I still keep a flat there, most of the old books are packed away. I have just come across some old notes from 30 years ago, regarding head-rests, which of course like the coffins were made from Egyptian sycamore (Ficus sycamorus). Although they grew quite well in Upper Egypt, towards the North, they grow to an extraordinary size, often measuring 50 feet in circumference.

I see from these notes that probably the best chance of finding your information would be to seek out a copy of Topography of Thebes by Wilkinson (around page 200). Often his books carried (open out) maps at the back of each volume, though for various reasons, often we find these are now lost.

Good hunting.

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Re: Map of Thebes

Post by Brian Yare » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:40 pm

carolinjohansson wrote:The mooring place is indeed marked on several maps e.g Lane 1823, Hughes 1850. Not sure it is in Wilkinson map though?
I have a vague memory reading that someone had located it but can't remember where I read it. There was a saqiya at the spot as well which may be regocnized. Please let me know if anyone finds it ;)
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I am unable to locate any earlier posts in this thread, so have no idea what the original question was.

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