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pointing is useless, since the water soaks through the blocks of stone
completely in a month of submersion. There is no current at Philae when
the water is high enough to reach the temples. A serious question is
whether the roof blocks will prove strong enough to bear the additional
11 per cent, of weight upon them resulting from saturation.
M. Maspeeo prints a report on the condition of Philae in the following-
winter, and on some minor repairs by M. Barsanti, especially at a
dangerous place at the western quay. Here the current is strong and the
wind raises waves which beat against the quay wall while there is the
pressure of a vast weight of material at the back causing some displacement.
Ann. ix. 208.
Eedesiya. The temple of Sety I., which would be better described
as of Wady Ahad, with many inscriptions in hieroglyphic and Greek.
Weigall, Ann. ix. 71.
Thebes. West Bank. Weigall describes the admirable work which he
has done for the preservation of the tombs in" the necropolis of Shebh abd
el Q.urna and El Assasif. By means of an enclosure wall he has brought
both malicious and mercenary plunderers within the effective reach of the
law, has continued the fixing of iron doors to the tombs, and above all has
interested the inhabitants in their preservation. Ann. ix. 118.
Petrie in Qurna records his fruitful explorations at Thebes during two
months of last winter, from Dec. 9 to Eeb. 8. A rough survey was made
of the hills and valleys north of Deir el-Bahari. A shrine, thought to be
of Thoth, placed on a very high peak, was found to have been of the king
Sankhkere; it was perhaps a cenotaph, and is connected by Prof. Petrie
with the red-festival of the king. A XVIIth D}-nasty burial of a woman
was found intact, with feathered coffin, interesting furniture and gold
jewellery. A new temple site of the time of Kameses II. was identified
and many other details of plans, paintings and sculptures of various tombs
are recorded. From Dra' abuT ISTega come stelae of the Xltli Dynasty,
including one of distinct historical value mentioning a battle of Antef
with " the (Heracleopolitan) House of Khety," fought in the nome of This.
An interesting survival is shown in the modern " soul-houses " dedicated at
a shekh's tomb. Dr. Walker contributes a chapter on the inscriptions to
this very important volume.
A volume of the Cairo Catalogue by Mr. Quibell is devoted to the
Tomb of Yuaa and Thuiu, the parents of Queen Taia. Many of the objects
had been previously figured in Mr. Theodore Davis' publication of 1907.
Dr. Elliot Smith, describing the mummies, states that that of Yuaa is
probably the most perfect example known of the embalmer's art at the