Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1894-1895

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Excavations at Deir el Bahari during the Winter, 1894-95. 35

filled with three large wooden coffin-cases placed near each other, of
rectangular form, with arched lids, and a post at each of the four
corners. On the two nearest the entrance were five wooden hawks, one
on each post, and one about the middle of the lid. Each coffin-case
had at the foot of the lid a wooden jackal, with a long tail hanging
over the end. Wreaths of flowers were laid on them, and at head and
feet stood a box containing a great number of tiny glazed ushabtis.

The opening of the chamber being very small, it is evident that these
large coffin-cases were taken into the tomb in pieces, and put together
afterwards. We opened the one next to the door, and found inside
it a coffin in the form of a mummy, with head and ornaments well
painted, and a line of hieroglyphics reaching to the feet. We then
opened the two others, and found that they also contained coffins,
which we hauled up through the opening of the tomb. When we
had stored them in our house, we opened the coffins, and we found
in each an inner coffin, brilliantly painted with representations
of gods and scenes from the Book of the Dead. In this at last was
the mummy, very well wrapped in pink cloth, with a net of beads all
over the body, a scarab with outspread wings, also made of beads, and
the four funeral genii. We unrolled one of the mummies; it was
carefully wrapped in good cloth. Over the body was a very hard
crust of bitumen which we had to use a chisel to break. There were
no amulets or ornaments of any kind, except the beads.

These three mummies, which required nine cases for their burial, are

those of a priest of Menthu ^) ^ (j ^ ^ ^ ^ Zet Tehuti
(Thoth) Auf Anhh, his mother, <_> ^ ^fj Nes mut

Aat ner, and his aunt Q "fe^ x~~=^ ® 1 Jj [fa heh en Khonsu.

They evidently belong to the Saitic epoch, and are good specimens
of that period.

In the passage between the enclosure and the retaining wall of the
middle platform, not far from the Hathor shrine, the workmen came upon
an inclined plane cut in the rock, leading to the entrance of a large tomb
evidently destined to receive a stone coffin. The rubbish was quite
untouched. When we had cleared the door, we entered a large shaft,
well cut in the rock, and opening into a large chamber. In the middle
was a rectangular space excavated for a stone sarcophagus, but instead of
such a sarcophagus there was only a poor wooden coffin with bones which
seemed to have been disturbed. There was no inscription or ornament

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