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date: 10 April 2020

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This chapter recounts the beginnings of William Schenck’s career in Egyptian epigraphy from the mid-1970s, working on various sites in Egypt. It discusses the lack of an agreed system of recording at that time and Schenck’s efforts over several decades to devise his own method of epigraphy. Work at key sites including the Temple of Merneptah and the Tomb of Suemniwet, on the West Bank of Luxor, and the Tomb of Hormose in Hierakonpolis led to the development of this method, and the chapter reveals the steps in its evolution. In conclusion, it explains how Schenck is now involved in teaching his method of epigraphy through various archaeological field schools to an aspiring younger generation of epigraphers working in Egypt.

Keywords: epigraphy, recording, field school, Merneptah, Suemniwet, Luxor, Hormose

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