Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt
Long before the Aswan dam guarded the Nile, even before the arrival of the Pharaohs who guarded it, Khnum, the ram-headed god was guardian of the Nile. The Nile’s flood brought silt and clay and Khnum created life from that clay on the potter’s wheel, delivering his clay children to mothers’ wombs, giving ancient roots to the idea that the Nile is life itself.
Elephantine Island is one of the most ancient sites in Egypt and the main location of Khnum worship. When the Aswan Dam was built, many pre-dynastic artefacts including the very popular mummified Ram of Khnum, were found and placed in a museum. The museum is housed in the villa of Sir William Willcocks, architect of the old Aswan Dam.
The villa became a museum in 1912 and a newer extension was added in 1998. The museum boasts many mummies and sarcophagi including a small clay sarcophagus containing the mummy of a child wrapped in layers of linen.
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