reniained undisturbed, and from them nearly 200 inscribed blocks were
extracted. They had been takeu from tombs of the XVIIIth and XlXtli
Dynasties, and some tbree or four of the blocks are fine examples of
Memphite sculpture of that period. A certain number could be fitted
,: The second building was of Saïte period—the tomb-temple of Nesi-
tahuti, the foundations of which were found under the eastern part of
" The tomb shaft was cleared and a limestone sarcophagus, inscribed
internally, was found 20 mètres below. The foundations of the building
were singularly massive at the east end, some 7 mètres deep ; this is
where the chapel overlmng the slope ; it must have formed a prominent
object to ail who approached Saqqara from Memphis.
" A few fragments of Greek pottery were in the rubbish of the shaft.
and below tho pavement of the forecourt a VIth centuiy vase was found
From Mr. Edgar (of his province of Lower Egypt) :—
" The more important excavations in my district this year have been
those of Pétrie at Mit Eahineh, of Eeisner and Steindorff at the valley-
temples of Mycerinus and Chephren, and of Clédat at Mohamdieh, to the
east of the Suez Canal.
" At Tell Timai I excavated a good mosaic pavement with a repré-
sentation of a ÎSTile scène, and sent it to the Alexandria Muséum.
" We are indebted to the sebakhin for one or two interesting discoveries,
liesides the usual quantity of small antiquities. At Tell Moqdam they
found a colossal seated lion in red granité, which bas been transported to
Cairo. Traces of a large building of Eamses II. were found at Kom Afrin,
the main fortress on the Libyan frontier. At Atfih we got a limestone
statue of a Ptolemaic king, apparently Philadelphus, in the Greek style."
Last summer Prof. Steindorff lectured before the Siichsische Gesell-
schaft der Wissenschaften at Leipzig on the extremely interesting and
fruit fui work undertaken in Egypt on the ample funds provided by Herr
Ernest Sieglix. The costly clearing of the temples of the Second
Pyramid, a task which had exceeded the powers of previous investigators,
is of the first. importance for the history of architecture in Egypt. The
lower temple, the "temple of the Sphinx" in which Mariette found the