it must have presented on the surface much the same appearance as a
modern Arab well.
These mastahas had all been plundered anciently, and re-used; and in
modern times many had been partially or completely worked out by
Marietta, and more recently by Amelineau. The tombs of three new his-
torical personages were found :—Pisebkhanu, son of Ea-men-kheper, of the
XXIst Dynasty ; Ast-n-kheb, daughter of Shabaka, of the XXVth; and a
new queen, Pa-apt-ta-mer, probably of the XXIInd. A large granite stela
with chiselled out cartouches of Nefer-hotep, of the XHIth Dynasty, was
also found in this cemetery.
Of smaller finds the more important, besides the statue already mentioned,
were:—a limestone shrine, containing the figures of Maat-men-ra-m-heb
and his wife TJrt-nefert; a fine stela of the new prince Pisebkhanu; a
lintel of Pepen-anhur ; a glaze kohl pot with animal figures in relief; and
the head of a beautifully modelled limestone statuette.
A. C. Mace.
N.B.—Professor Petrie's own work at Abydos during the last season has
been fully described by himself in The Royal Tombs of the First Dynasty,
which is already in the hands of subscribers.
Statue of Si-tep-ahu, from Abydos,