Under cover of darkness, I return the idol to its rightful place in the Temple at Abu Simbel.

The air fizzes and Dr Vogel appears. He points a gun at me. “I’ll take that.”

“Wherever you take that, I’ll find you!” I challenge.

“Au contraire! I am going to take it back to 1960 me, when I was here hunting for it.”

“I wouldn’t do that. Lake Nasser wasn’t—“ but he is gone. He’s going to materialize before the Temple relocation, sixty metres above ground level. I hope Vogel can fly.

History lesson: the temple at Abu Simbel was relocated to higher ground in the 1960s so that it would not be submerged by the artificial lake formed when the Aswan Dam was built.

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