PREHISTORIC GRAVE AT AB.VDIYEH.
A.—EXCAVATIONS AT ABAD1YEH AND HU.
The excavations of the Fund this year have extended along about fifteen
miles of the desert edge, between Deudereh and Hu. This ground had
been the favourite resort of dealers and plunderers for ten or twenty years
past; and the wide expanses of thousands of destroyed tombs showed how
much had been lost at Semaineh and Hu. What these places were to the
dealers ten years ago, half a dozen other early cemeteries are to-day ;
and it is but the wrecked remains that have to serve for our studies.
There were, however, two prehistoric cemeteries and one of mixed age
which had not been much destroyed, and from these we obtained most of
our information j they are but a scant portion of the whole ground, yet
they have served to map out the history of two great periods.