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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1906-1907

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Progress of Egyptology.

burials were found, of which four are to be referred to Dyn. VI. and the
rest to Dyn. XT.-XIII. In the former class occurred a cylinder of Pepi I.
and a coffin inscribed with the name of a priest of the House of Pepi.
Good funerary models accompanied the burials, showing little difference
from types in vogue under Dyn. XII. In fact, the cumulative evidence
that a very brief interval of time separated Dynasties VI. and XL was
strong. The Middle Empire graves proved small, and in no way remark-
able. Some had been re-used under the New Empire, but the mass of the
New Empire graves of Assiut must lie to the east, which is in the conces-
sion of Prof. Schiaparelli. A new inscribed tomb-door of Dyn. X. was
cleared and copied by M. Lacau. A large consignment of coffins, models,
etc., was brought to London after the division at Cairo."

M. Chassinat writes :—

" J'aurais voulu pouvoir envoyer cette annee un rapport important pour
votre Archaeological Report; malheureusement, nos travaux ont ete un peu
ralentes cette annee par suite du transfert de l'lnstitut dans son nouvel
immeuble. Notre activite s'est portee uniquement sur le releve du Temple
deDenderah; nous n'avons pas fait de fouilles. J'espere, l'an prochain,
etre en mesure de vous donner un compte rendu plus interessant."

Mr. Quibell reports as follows :—

" The excavations at Sakkara during the winter of 1906-7 were carried on
at three points : (a) at the south end of the large mastaba mentioned in
the last Report, (b) east of the pyramid of Teta, and (c) at the monastery
at the end of the P>edreshein embankment.

" (a) At the first point a deep crater-like hole was sunk to the Old Empire
floor levels, 12 metres below the present desert surface, in the hope of
finding an entrance to the mastaba. This hope was not fulfilled: it
seems that this mastaba, though so large and so handsomely built, had no
internal chapel, and if there was an external one the Middle Kingdom
tomb shafts would have destroyed it. The chief results in this part of the
work came from two untouched tombs of the period so much in evidence
here, that between the Old and Middle Kingdoms.

" Nothing of the chapels remained except a fragment of a stela, but the
shafts had not been attacked by man. One tomb contained the bodies of

had been attacked by white ants, but the inner ones, of a superior wood

The massive outer coffins
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