Egypt Exploration Fund.
and some of them were built into the wall of the kitchen of the Coptic
As for further excavations, although it would have no direct bearing
on the temple itself, I believe it would be worth the labour and expense
to excavate the necropolis of the Xlth Dynasty, the edge of which
I touched this winter. The area of the necropolis is well defined ; it
extends over the whole space between the temple and the cliff which
forms the south side of the natural amphitheatre of Deir el Bahari.
Besides interesting tombs which undoubtedly would be revealed, we
might find in this space buildings of kings of the Xlth Dynasty—those
Antefs and Menthuhoteps the dates and succession of whom are now the
object of so much discussion. The mounds which cover the tombs are
very high near the temple, but diminish towards the cliff. In addition
to the important historical results which might be derived from
excavating the necropolis, there would be a further advantage : this
clearance would heighten the beauty of the temple of Hatshepsu by
restoring its surroundings to something of their original appearance.
B.—TRANSPORT OF OBELISKS.
As Illustrated by a Bas-Relief in the Temple of Deir el Bahaki.
TnE temple at Deir el Bahari gives us interesting representations of
the manner in which colossal statues and obelisks were transported on
the Nile. Unfortunately these representations are engraved on walls
now very much mutilated. Part of the stones covered with these
delicate sculptures and bright colouring are built into late construc-
tions, which it will be necessary to pull down in order that the fragments
may be collected and the scenes reconstituted. Other blocks have been
scattered all over the temple by the Coptic monks who settled among
the ruins of the temple of Hatshepsu j they used them for thresholds
or steps, or as common building material, without any regard for the
beautiful sculptures engraved upon them.
The two plates of the transport of the obelisk show one of the
scenes recovered from a great number of fragments discovered at various
places in the excavations of three consecutive winters. The scene was
part of the decoration of the Lower Platform, called by Mariette