Can you still find out anything new about ancient Egypt? Of course! In a recent re-examination of the so-called “Dog Stela,” the German Archaeological Institute’s Scientific Director, Dr. Daniel Polz, found that its original “excavator” may have never even seen it!
Actually, the Dog Stela was excavated and subsequently examined by French engineer Marius F.J. Bonnefoy in 1858. However, his boss, then director of the Antiquities Service of Egypt, Auguste Mariette, only published a drawing in 1872 – with some peculiar deviations from the original. These inaccuracies occurred most probably because Mariette had never even seen the original relief but drew it from a squeeze. Dr. Polz uncovered this curious fact, when he meticulously checked the 19th-century acquisition records of the predecessors of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.
Find out more about the Dog Stela and its history in Dr. Polz’s new book D. Polz, Die sogenannte Hundestele des Königs Wah-Anch Intef aus el-Târif: eine Forschungsgeschichte, SDAIK 42 (Wiesbaden 2019) and his most recent e-research-report