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Roger O. De Keersmaecker, born in Leopoldville (Kinshasa), Belgian Congo, 11 September 1931. When he was still very young he became interested in Egyptian art, after reading in a popular magazine about the mystery and the curse after the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun! For a long time a trip to Egypt was as far away as a trip to the moon. In 1960 he married Helena Beeckman, and both started visiting European Egyptian collections: Brussels, London, Paris, Turin, Leiden, Hannover, Hildesheim. After five years of marriage, in 1965 his long awaited dream became reality: they both went for a fortnight to Egypt and spent one week in Cairo, another one in Luxor, equipped with three cameras and a lot of film rolls. They made taxi trips to Sakkara, Memphis, Dashur and Fayum and of course admired the wonderful treasures of Cairo Museum.
From Luxor they went to Dendara, Abydos, Esna and Edfu. In the interior of the pylon of the temple of Edfu, Roger, noticed his first graffito of John Gordon 1804. Year after year he went back, only with a year interval caused by the Egyptian/Israelian war. Marie-Paule Vanlathem brought him in contact with H. De Meulenaere, L. Limme, and the late J. Quagebeur . In 1975, during the opening of the great Akhenaten exhibition in Brussel, H. De Meulenaere announced him that he was selected as a photographer to work for two seasons at the tomb of Padihorresnet at the Asasif (Theban necropolis). Later he worked during several seasons with the Belgian archaeological mission at Elkab. Previously, he had already started his research on early travellers graffiti, that brought him also for three times to the Sudan, were he made his trips with the famous backbone breaking “lorries”! He is a member of the Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth, Brussels, and of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, Cambridge (WWW.ASTENE.ORG.UK), and published several articles in the Bulletin of the Association. He is the author, the printer and the publisher of the Travellers’ Graffiti from Egypt and the Sudan : www.egypt-sudan-graffiti.be.