Gth wo began to drive a gallery 5A X 3 feet in direction 210°, and falling The Kom el
1 in 5 feet, into the loose rubbish on the face of the Fort mound. The
point of departure is about 75 feet below the platform on which the
Fort stands, and the gallery was directed as accurately as possible
towards the Fort flagstaff. After cutting through 10 feet of loose debris
we hit a brick wall on the right-hand side, whose general direction was
slightly more southerly than that of our gallery ; we deflected, therefore,
a little to the left and followed the wall for 5 feet. At this point wo
encountered the face of a wall returning south. We explored it for a
short distance, and, seeing that it continued, I decided to make an
attempt to break through it in the hope of finding chambers behind.
With great difficulty, for the brick was as hard as stone and the mortar
almost harder, the sappers cut into it for a distance of 8J feet; an iron
bar was then driven 2 feet more and found to be still in brick work.