book cover
Download Sample PDF

H 174 x W 245 mm

322 pages

57 figures, 18 tables (colour throughout)

Published May 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803274836

Digital: 9781803274843

DOI 10.32028/9781803274836

Recommend to a librarian

Early Travellers; Tourism; Travel; Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Petra; Palmyra

Related titles

Archaeological Lives

Well Met! Friends and Travelling Companions of Rev. Thomas Bowles

Journals of Travels in Egypt, Petra and the Near East, 1854

By David Kennedy

Includes PDF

PDF eBook
(personal use)

PDF eBook
(institutional use)

Add to basket

Add to wishlist

This volume follows Rev. Thomas Bowles on his travels from Sri Lanka to Egypt and the Levant. His travel journals record the places seen and the often harsh travel conditions. Bowles' notes are amplified by chapters offering additional context and biographies for the broad cross-section of fascinating people encountered along the way.



Preface and Acknowledgements ;
Introduction ;

Part 1 The Grand Tour ;
Chapter 1. Rev. Thomas Bowles: Biography ;
Chapter 2. Thomas Bowles’s Grand Tour ;
Chapter 3. Sailing from Galle via Aden to Suez and Cairo ;
Chapter 4. Travelling Companions and Encounters from Galle to Cairo ;
Chapter 5. Thomas Bowles in Egypt ;
Chapter 6. Petra and Visiting Petra in the 19th century ;
Chapter 7. Companions on the Long Desert Route: 1 ;
Chapter 8. Companions on the Long Desert Route: 2 ;
Chapter 9. Thomas Bowles at Petra ;
Chapter 10. Jerusalem and Associated Trips ;
Chapter 11. Palestine, Syria and Lebanon and Return Home ;

Part 2 The Journals ;
Chapter 12. The Journals: Character, writing, composition, survival ;
Chapter 13. Abbreviations and Symbols; Editing ;
Chapter 14. Transcription of the Travel Journal of Rev. Thomas Bowles ;

Appendix 1: The Anglo-American Group at Petra 26-29 March 1854 ;
Appendix 2: Timeline of Bowles’ Journey in Egypt and the Levant ;


About the Author

David Kennedy, BA (Manc), D.Phil. (Oxon), FSA, FAHA, is Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia. His principal research focuses on the Roman Near East where he has conducted fieldwork since 1976 ranging from Turkey to Saudi Arabia. He is founder of the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME) (1978) and director of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) (1997-2017) and Aerial Archaeology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia projects (AAKSA) (2018-2020). He has authored/edited, alone or jointly, twelve books and several dozen articles/chapters. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and Princeton University and been a Visiting Fellow at Brasenose College.