Progress of Egyptology.
Mit Bahineh came a remarkable series of bronze plaques, mirrors, and
parts of statuettes, all from the diggings of Danihos Pasha.
The removal of the contents of the Museum to the new building will
probably take place next year. The latter has already cost £130,000
beyond the original estimate of £100,000, and still very inadequate
provision has been made for storage and offices. See Sphinx, v. 62, on
the coming transfer of the Museum; Schweinfurth, ibid. iv. 105,
describes the new building.
In last year's Archaeological Report it was erroneously stated that the
Museum had acquired the very complete Egyptological library which
belonged to the late Professor Ebers. This library was, as a matter of
fact, bought by Herr von Bissing, who presented a large part of it to the
German Consulate-General for the use of the scientific attache. The
Museum has, however, begun to form a reference library, which already
includes many scarce pamphlets and books of travel in Egypt, as well as
scientific journals, &c.
The first volume of Annales du Service des Antiquites being now
completed and published, with a preface by M. Maspero, we can judge of
its character, and we find it a most welcome addition to the literature of
Egyptology. It is intended as a record of the official excavations,
explorations, &c, by the Department of Antiquities, and M. Maspero
expressly excludes discussions and criticisms from its programme. The
second volume promises to be an improvement on the first, which is rather
too miscellaneous in its composition. The accounts of the discoveries of
M. Barsanti and Ahmed Bey Kainal are of great importance, and though
but slightly illustrated they will be valuable for reference, as the bulk of
the. objects mentioned are now in the Gizeh Museum, and are doubtless
carefully catalogued or numbered. The standard of record established
by Professor Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Eund makes one rather
exacting; but it must be recollected that apart from English work there is
hardly a case (Bhind's excavation at Thebes is Scotch) in which records
even such as these in the Annale* have been preserved, or at least
published, during nearly a century of excavations, from which not only
the Gizeh Museum but also all the museums of Europe have been stocked.
Here, then, is an immense advance. The volume also contains the full
texts (in printed type) of multitudes of inscriptions, reports on the disaster
at" Karnak and on the repairs, and some extracts from the reports of
travelling inspectors in the last decade.
M. E. Chassinat, director of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology,