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Wafaa El Saddik and Rüdiger Heimlich

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774168253

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774168253.001.0001

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The Tough Women of Luxor

The Tough Women of Luxor

(p.131) 6 The Tough Women of Luxor
Protecting Pharaoh's Treasures

Wafaa EL Sadik

Rüdiger Heimlich

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter details the author's introduction to a group of American women who wished to finance and undertake an excavation in Karnak. These women include television starlet Diane Smith, painter and art dealer Mary Martin, photographer and writer Audrey Topping, former skeet-shooting champion Betje Carlson, and Gypsy Grave, a director of a private archaeological museum in Florida. They were five power women who had pulled strings to get permission for the first all-female archaeological mission. They set up the private Nile Foundation, for which they collected roughly $100,000 in sponsors' money by way of charity and fundraising events. The concession of the project had been obtained through the American Research Center in Egypt, and the standing committee of the antiquities administration had approved it only with the stipulation that it be strictly scientific.

Keywords:   Karnak, archaeological mission, Nile Foundation, American Research Center, antiquities administration, Diane Smith, Betje Carlson, Audrey Topping, Mary Martin

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