Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1897-1898

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Progress op Egyptology.

ing to the evidence at present available, no fresh confirmation of the
practice has here been found. In one of the small rooms at the side of
the sarcophagus chamber were the bodies of a young prince wearing the
distinctive side lock, of a man, and of a woman, all similarly maltreated
to the mummy iu the outer chamber. In another of these rooms were
nine royal mummies—Thothmes IV., in his own coffin ; Amenhetep III.,
in coffin of Eameses III. with the lid of Sety II.; Akhenaten (?), in
coffin of Setnekht (according to M. Loret, see below); Siptah, in an
altered outer coffin; lid of Setnekht, lying on a mummy presumably of
that king; Rameses IV. (?) ; Eameses V.; Rameses VI. (?), in altered

These names represent, firstly, the kings of the family of Amen-
hetep II., and secondly, certain kings of inferior importance. The
mummies of the hero kings and builders of the empire in the XVIIIth,
XlXth, and XXth Dynasties were found at Der el Bahri ; in the tomb
of Amenhetep II. lay the bodies of sovereigns of the same dynasties who
enjoyed to tbe full the fruits of their predecessors' conquests, audof those
who reigned feebly. Altogether we now have in the flesh the series
of the Theban monarchs of the New Kingdom almost complete. The
only important legitimate king still missing is apparently Merenptah,
a fact which would be of interest in connexion with the story of the
Exodus; Groff, however, believes that the supposed Akhenaten is
really Merenptah, Ree. de Trav. xx. 224.

The two tombs with their precious contents are temporarily closed by
order of Sir William Garstin. A careful inventory of the remains had
been drawn up by M. Loret, but unfortunately the objects had been
packed for removal to the Museum and even placed on board the
Government steamer. From this they were returned to the tombs,
pending the deliberate settlement of their fate. It was intended to
keep them as far as possible in situ; but whatever may be the final
decision, it is to be hoped that a full publication will not belong delayed,
and meanwhile M. Loret must be congratulated on having made dis-
coveries of such great value for Egyptian history, archaeology, and
religion. (See Loket, Report to the Institut Egyptien, printed in the
Journal ftgyptien, March 8th, 1898, and May 14th-17th, 1898; Schwein-
purth, Vossische Zeihmg, June 12th, 1898 ; Wiedemann, Or. Litt. Zeit.
1898, p. 213.)

Dendereii. See Prof. Petrie's report above, also Catalogue of Ex-
hibition of Antiquities of the E.E.F. and E.R.A. 1898, and Max Mutter
in Or. Litt. Zeit. 185.
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