to the Service des Antiquites, and the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund
at Deir el-Bahari was finally closed. I had begun it on the 7th of
February 1893. PI. ii., Figs. 1 and 2, show the two temples as they now
stand at the conclusion of the work.
In the conduct of the excavations of the last season I was assisted by
Messrs. Currelly and Dalison, and had also the voluntary help of Mr. J. T.
Dennis. Mr. Hall came to Deir el-Bahari for three weeks at the end of
the season in order to assist me and to study the results of the completion
of the work. Madame Naville worked throughout the season at the task
of piecing together the scattered fragments of the shrines of the princesses,
which have now been distributed among the national and metropolitan
museums of Cairo, London, and New York. The work of Mr. Somers
Clarke and M. Fatio on the plans has already been mentioned. Mr. Ayrton
gave us some valuable help in photography. The views illustrating this
report were taken by him, by Mr. Hall, and by Mr. Dalison.
Having undertaken to complete the publication of the El Amarna tombs,
I once more spent six weeks of April and May in this familiar spot,
working almost entirely in the tombs of Tutu and Ay. As a large part of
the now mutilated scenes have been published by Lepsius, I endeavoured to
secure photographic records of what remained, and, with the expert help
of Herr Schliephack of the ISTeue Photograpbische Gesellschaft, obtained
several excellent pictures of the scenes in these ill-lighted tombs, as well
as of the scattered rock-stelae and the inaccessible quarries of Het-nub. I
hope that the long task of the Survey on this site, the value of which lay
in exact attention to detail and style as well as in exhaustiveness, has now
been brought to a satisfactory close.
I must add that since last year violence has been done to the fine tomb
of. Ay, the most exquisite relief and the invaluable Hymn to the Aten only
escaping demolition by the caprice of the malefactor. This is the second
injury to locked tombs in this group during my stay, and the absolute
indifference of the Government and the helplessness of the Department in
face of such recurring outrages makes one almost regret the entrance of
commercial civilisation and thin philanthropy into Egypt. Meanwhile
such occurrences call for greater efficiency and activity on the part of the
Survey. K be Gams Davies.