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Kharga Oasis

  • G. Caton-Thompson
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These brief notes, written shortly after our return from a first season’s work on the prehistory and geology of the Kharga Oasis under the aegis of the Royal Anthropological Institute, are no more than a background for the illustrations (figs. I-II), due to our good fortune in being the first expedition in Egypt to have the use, for a whole fortnight, of an aeroplane placed without restriction for scientific service in field-work.

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1 The South African Air Force saved the situation by consenting to do the work for running expenses only—a matter of £75. See Caton-Thompson, G., The Zimbabwe Culture, pp. 5 and 6, and pls. I, II, XXII, XXIII, XXVII, and ANTIQUITY, Dec. 1929 ‘Zimbabwe’ pls. I and II.

2 Our air photograph of this, the Temple of Hibis, was published by The Times, 13 April 1931, and the Illustrated London News, 2 May, 1931.

3 Kharga Oasis : its topography and geology. Geological Survey Report 1899.

4 Dakhla Oasis : its topography and geology. Geological Survey Report 1899.

5 An Egyptian Oasis, chap. XII.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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