Egypt Exploration Fund.
and photographs of the tomb will be published in the autumn of 1903.
Should the long-promised publication of the tombs of Tell el Amarna by
the Mission Francaise appear before the commencement of the next season's
work, and prove sufficiently similar in aim and method to our own, the
project of making a complete survey of this necropolis will be reconsidered.
For the lightening of my task this year I am indebted, not only to the
impartial courtesy of M. Maspero, but also to Dr. Borchardt, who placed
scaffolding at my disposal, and assisted me in other ways.
But if the Archaeological Survey is thus brought nearer to the accom-
plishment of its aims by the completion of another winter's work, it has,
during that time, sustained a heavy loss in the death of Mrs. F. LI.
Griffith, who had taken a special interest in it from its origin, and to
whom it owes a very large measure of its success. A final proof of her
generous interest was given last year by a grant for epigraphical research,
and in pursuance of this end studies were made in several Italian museums
and in the splendid collection at Berlin, after the close of the season in
N. de G-. Davies.
Excavations in the Fayum and at El llibch.
Last season's excavations were begun in January in the Fayum at a
cemetery on the edge of the desert about half-way between Manashin-
shaneh, where we had worked the year before (cf. Arch. Report, 1900-1,
p. 6), and Sela railway station, and somewhat to the south of the
"pyramid " of Sela, an Old Empire mastaba perched high on a spur of the
hills which form the eastern boundary of the province. Here in the rising
ground on either side of a road leading to the Nile Valley was discovered
a small group of tombs, which supply interesting evidence for the early
history of the Fayum. They were sunk in the rock, usually to no great
depth, and in small clusters, some containing heavy wrooden coffins of a
type similar to those found by Prof. Petrie at Medum, and a few showing
burials in the contracted position characteristic of very early Egyptian
cemeteries. These graves can therefore claim to be the most ancient
hitherto found in the Fayum, and may date from the Illrd Dynasty.