|Is there a lost statue of Queen Hatshepsut in Africa's wilds?|
|Egypt in Africa|
It's common to think of ancient Egypt as somehow existing in a geographic bubble, but having lived much of my life in central and southern Africa, I feel a strong sense of Africa in Egypt and yes, a sense of Egypt in the rest of Africa.
As my fictional archaeologist and Egyptologist Anson Hunter remarks:
“Intriguingly, Hatshepsut sent a carved stone statue of herself to the distant land of Punt,” Anson said, “and I’ve often pictured it sitting somewhere, a milky stone queen of Egypt dreaming in the African bush, perhaps sparking legends of a white queen in darkest Africa. I read too much Rider Haggard as a child.”