Pbogeess of Egyptology.
round, but the name of the owner has not been discovered, nor any
chamber or opening into the building disclosed. Ou the west side,
however, several stelae and tables of offerings were found in situ:
they appear to belong to a row of tombs of the Xth Dynasty, or of a period
not much later, for the owners of two of the stelae were priests of the two
pyramids of Teta and of Merkere. The latter must be the king
mentioned in the Siut inscription (Griffith, Sinf-, PI. 13), and, as
•we should not expect the adoration of so unconspicuous a king to last for
many generations after his death, the stelae may be approximately dated
to the Xth or Xlth Dynasty.
" Some poor burials of a much later age, wooden coffins with faces
moulded in clay, may belong to the time of Shabaka. The great walls of
brick, eight metres thick, which surround the site, seem to be of Greek
times : the Bes chambers were in use at the same period. The last use of
the ground was in Coptic times, when another series of burials were laid
here in shallow graves : they yielded many fragments of woollen embroidery.
Since then this part of the cemetery has been little touched; the Coptic
burials are found undisturbed."
Mr. Edgar kindly sends the following note of excavations in the
Delta, apart from those of Prof. Petrie :—
" For the last two years Cledat has been working for the Suez Canal
Company at various sites in the neighbourhood of the canal, with the view
of making a small collection of antiquities at Ismailia. Schiaparelli
finished his season's work with an excavation at Tell el Hisn (Heliopolis),
besides continuing his work in Alexandria. Breccia has begun an
archaeological exploration of the Mariout district, and has been digging
with success atTaposiris Magna. A small museum excavation at Tell Tmai
resulted in the discovery of a quantity of burned Greek pajiyri of the
Boman age, but almost all in hopeless condition. At Tukh el Qaranms I
cleared out the spot where the treasure was found last year (it is close
behind the temple) and obtained another lot of gold and silver objects.
The usual finds of the season included a large inscribed column-base at
Tell Frm and a hoard of Byzantine gold coins at Tell Atrib."
Prof. Petrie kindly sends the following report of the work of the
"British School: "—
" The Eastern Delta. This district, which has been abandoned for
a long time, was worked by the British School of Archaeology in
Egypt, in order to clear up the various problems which had been left