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Graffiti on the Propylon of Amon-Rè-Monthu at Karnak North





In dialogue with Professor Sydney H. Aufrère(1),  I have herewith the opportunity to add some information and rectifications concerning the graffiti of the early travellers who visited the Propylon of  Amon-Ré–Monthu at Karnak( 2).The graffiti have been recorded in a numbered card-index which includes a colour transparency and a photograph. The inventory numbers used hereafter are preceded by the initials (RDK).




§ 32. <I. MACKENZIE 1820>

            Is to read J.(ames) Mackenzie

            Bengal Cav(alry)


            The name of his regiment, the Bengal Cav., is clearly legible on the photograph and the drawing on p. 32. No further biographical information.


Other graffiti


DENDARA: Outer hypostyle, roof.

                        RDK 1210 Js Mackenzie

            VIII B(engal) C(avalry)

See also: Jochen Hallof, Besucherinschriften in den Tempeln von Dendera, BIFAO (1996), p. 237.



                        Mackenzie (Js.) 1836

Gorges Goyon, Les inscriptions en graffiti des voyageurs sur la Grande Pyramide, Le Caire 1949, p. 88.



                        James Mackenzie

                        8 Bengal Cavalry


Eberhard Dziobek, Das Grab des Ineni, Theben 81, Mainz am Rhein 1992, p. 109.




§ 34.    <Conté>,  belongs not to Nicolas-Jacques Conté, but must be interpret with

§ 35.   <Dal[…]rme, is to read :      Conte Dal Verme


Other graffiti


Two graffiti, one of Conte Carlo and one of Conte Luigi Dal Verme, are carved in the Festival temple of Tuthmosis III,   (PM II,  plan p. XIII, [1], column 10).



RDK 1197                  Conte

                        Carlo Dal Verme




RDK 1091                  Conte Luigi

                        Dal Verme 1831

                                   Di Milano



The date 1820 belongs not with § 32, <I. Mackenzie> but belongs to § 35. <W.DOGGI or LOGGI> and should be read : W. BOGGIE



Unfortunately till now, no biographical data of this early traveller, we can only conclude from his graffiti (RDK 246) that his first name was probably William , and that he visited Egypt in the Winter of 1819/1820, he was at Karnak  29 January, (RDK44).


Other graffiti



East Osiris chapel, outer room. (PM VI, plan p. 94)

            RDK 1181                  W. BOGGIE




Temple of Amenophis III (Memnon Colossi)

RDK 39                      W.BOGGIE 1820

Temple of Medinet Habu,  Small Temple, Dyn., XVIII (PM II, plan p. XLX, [1] room VIII)

            RDK 1180                  W.BOGGI/


The Ramesseum (PM II, plan p. XLII, 26c, Entrance to inner room).

            RDK    246                  WM.BOGGIE


Karnak, great hypostyle,  (PM II, plan p. X, great column 2).

            RDK 44                      W.BOGGIE

                                               29 Jany 1820

Luxor temple (PM II, plan p. XXXII, sanctuary, Alexander XII).

            RDK 245                    W.BOGGIE






(1)               Sydney H. Aufrère, CNRS,  Université Paul Valéry Montpellier, France.


(2)       Sydney H. Aufrère, Le propylône d’Amon-Rê-Montou à Karnak-Nord,

Institut Français d’archéologie orientale, MIFAO  117, Le Caire 2000,

Chapitre III,  A. Noms des voyageurs mentionnés sur la porte, p.32-34.



The above article was first published as

Graffiti News

James Mackenzie, 8th Bengal Cavalry in Egypt


Wm. Boggie

(without photographs)


Bulletin of the Association for the study of Travel in

Egypt and the Near East


No 17 – Autumn 2003


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