Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 June 2021
‘Since time immemorial’ is a poetic and legally significant phrase that expresses the idea of a time that extends beyond the reach of memory, record or tradition. It seems an apt phrase to use when starting any discussion regarding the study of Egypt. In contrast to many other nations, Canada was not yet a country when an Egyptian revival was sparked by Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt (1798–1801) and the subsequent Voyages of Denon and the multi-volume publication the Description de l’Égypte. Each of these phenomena helped to introduce the exotic land of the pharaohs to the European and North American continents. Though not yet united into a single polity, Canadians shared in this fascination and revival from an early date, embarking on tours of the far-away land and bringing back remains of that ancient culture from the beginning of the nineteenth century.