rooky eminences or simply buried in the debris of ancient bouses and
rubbish mounds. The style of cartonnage used for decoration was very
similar to that found in the Fayum, layers of papyrus being frequently
employed as a substitute for cloth ; and though but few of the rock tombs
had escaped the ancient plunderer, we soon obtained a considerable quantity
of cartonnage which, when added to that bought previously, forms
a line collection of third century b.c. papyri from this site. Of the
other objects, notice is claimed by two well-preserved early Ptolemaic
mummies in heavy and elaborately painted wooden cases, which were
themselves enclosed in thick stone coffins, and secondly by the following
funerary inscription, rudely engraved upon a roughly shaped piece of lime-
stone measuring 50 by 30 cm.:—-
[ . . . ] 'Op[<T- 5. TO)V U7TO
evetfjo- /oo/m;? <Pt-
(ojto? 'A- \ovLkov
•7tlcovo<; (eTMv) y.
Mentions of the kw/j,^ QiXovikov also occurred in some papyrus fragments
of the Eoman period which were occasionally found in the heaps of
rubbish, and it is not improbable that this was the Greek name of Hibeh.
But since the cemetery was no doubt used—as the modern one hard by is
now—by the villages on the opposite bank, this identification can only be
suggested with reserve. We hope to verify it next winter when we shall
resume excavations at Hibeh; for owing to the lateness of our arrival
there it was not possible to finish them this year.
A most fruitful season was thus brought to a satisfactory termination.
As usual, the papyri have all been sent to Oxford provisionally for
publication, and it is proposed to issue a first instalment of the Hibeh
collection in 1903. Early Ptolemaic documents from a Nome other than
the Fayum will be a welcome novelty, and this portion of the finds promises
to be more than usually productive of literary pieces. The first volume of
the Tebtunis Papyri is already in the hands of subscribers for 1900-1 and
1901-2, and Part III. of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, which will appear next
summer, is now in course of preparation. This will contain a large
selection of classical fragments, among which may here be signalized, in
addition to a couple of columns from a new comedy already announced,
parts of two new odes of Pindar and a fragment of the lost Gesti of Julius
Bernard P. Grenfell.
Arthur S. Hunt.