"Besides these monuments there were found a great number of
statues, more or less well preserved, on the same spot.
" From Sakkareh twelve colossal stelae of the Ancient Empire have
been transported to our Museum. The excavations have produced a
quantity of very fine bronzes, some limestone statues and bas-reliefs,
and, above all (on the 31st January, 1893), one of the finest statues
ever found, that of a scribe of the Ancient Empire. (See plate.) The
statue is similar to that in the Louvre. A similar figure was found in
the same Mastaba, but not so lifelike as the above. Unfortunately there
was not the slightest trace of a name to be found; the Mastaba, built
of mud bricks, had only a few prismatic ornaments.
" The excavations at Mer have furnished a number of very pretty
wooden statuettes and several boats, one with the sail spread; all these
objects belonging to the Xlth dynasty. Amongst the statuettes is one
of bronze, about five inches high, the first that I know to belong to so
early a period. The name of the personage, written on the dress in
front, is Necht, and there is another wooden statuette, found in the
same tomb, which has the same name and title. In continuing our
excavations at Mer we found some mummies of the GrEeco-Roman epoch,
with heads made of plaster of Paris and painted in the most lifelike way.
Some of them bear Greek inscriptions. There are also great quantities
of ushabti-figures, scarabei and other small objects.
" I hope that Mit Rahineh (Memphis) has in store for us many more
surprises. As the clearance goes on we shall obtain a very correct idea
of the ancient temple."
The cemetery of Heliopolis has been extensively worked by M.
Philippe, of Cairo, who has discovered in it some sarcophagi of the
Messrs. J. J. Tylor and Somers Clarke spent several months in the
neighbourhood of El Kab. At Kom el Ahmar, the ancient Hieracon-
polis, they cleared two tombs of the Vlth dynasty and copied the
inscriptions, after which they reclosed them. At El Kab they dug
along the terraces below the famous tombs of Paheri, Aahmes, etc., in
the hope of finding the entrances to other important tombs, but without
success. In clearing the tomb of Aahmes Penuekheb, they found some
portions of the important inscriptions which had been hidden from all
previous copyists. The details of the little temple, of Amenhotep III.,
in the desert, were photographed to scale, and a number of architectural
drawings were made of the temple, the tombs, and the city wall.