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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1903-1904

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Progress or Egyptology.

Mr. Newberry from two other tombs, unfortunately all fragmentary. Ret.
de Trav. xxvi. 1.

Qexeh desert. Graffito fromWady Gadammeh, 30 miles N.E. of Qeneh.
S. A. Cook, P. 8. B. A. xxvi. 72.

Qau : late coffin. Daressy, Ann. iv. 120.

El Amarna. The tomb of Meryra, the finest of the rock-cut tombs in
the northern group. Dayies, Fl Amarna, part i. (Arch. Survey).

El Hibeh : late coffin found by Grenfell. Daressy, Ann. iv. 116.

Sinai. The earliest sculptures, especially those of Semerkhat
and Ntrikhet (Zeser). Weill, Rev. Arch., iv. ser., ii. 230.

Cairo. Inscriptions of Usertesen I., Horemheb, Barneses III., Eameses
IV., fragments of the sarcophagus of Nectanebo II., mostly brought from
Heliopolis. Daressy, Ann. iv. 101.

Gizeh. New edition of the stela of the Sphinx, relating how Thothmes
IV., as prince, was warned by the god in a dream to clear it of sand, and
was promised the kingdom. Erman, Berlin AJmd. Sitzungsb. 1904, 428.
The editor argues that the story is fabulous, and that the stela was set up
after the time of Rameses II., but not later than the XXVIth Dynasty.
In a supplementary communication, ib. p. 1063, Erman adds the in-
scriptions on a trough in the Louvre recording a visit of Amenmes, son of
Thothmes I., to the Sphinx : from the orthography he concludes that it
was engraved about the time of Eameses III. With regard to the stela,
however, Spiegelberg, in O. L. Z. vii. 288, combats Erman's conclusion
on various grounds, more especially pointing out that the stela shows
clear signs of mutilations due to the Akhenaten heresy. He therefore
upholds its date in the XVIIIth Dynasty, and explains most of the
peculiarities of orthography as due to restoration under Sety I., whose
engravers often made mistakes in restoring the older inscriptions («/".
above, p. 39). As to the trough he questions the reading of a crucial
group. O. L. Z. vii. 343.

(b) From Museum*: —

Cairo. The first two fascicules of an elaborate and careful catalogue
of the early coffins (Sarcopliages anterieurs au Nouvel Empire), prepared by
M. Lacau, have been issued by the authorities of the Museum. No less
than eighty-six coffins, many of them inscribed with long religious texts
in hieroglyphic and hieratic, are described, and more are to come. Most
of them have been discovered since 1890. Their value for the history of
Egyptian religion was referred to in the last Report. The information in
M. Lacau's catalogue is very full and precise on most points, dealing with
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