Peogkess of Egyptology.
Thebes, West Bank. Excavating for the Institut Français at Drah
abu'l-Xegga in 1906 Gauthier found an abundance of funerary cônes and
a fair number of objects dispersed in the rubbish, including an interesting
vase in the form of an ibex, and a fine bronze vessel : three tombs were
uncovered, the best preserved of the time of Amenhotp L, another early
one showing dancers, and a third of the later XVIIIth Dynasty : also an
inscription of Apries on a rock. Bulletin, vi. 121.
In suinmarising the results of the season's work 1908-9 at Qurna Pétrie
illustrâtes a group of pots each with its string net and handle, dating from
Dyn. XVII. Man, 1909, Xo. 76.
The second volume of The XIth Dynasty Temple of Dcir el Bahari
contains coloured reproductions by Mme. Xaville of the i'ragmentary
sculptures from the shrines of the princesses and a view showing the two
temples restored : the architectural description is by Mr. Somers Claiïke.
A chapter by M. Xaville brings Senbmaiu and Dudumes into relation
with the Xlth Dynasty.
Lisiit. The excavations of the muséum of Xew York in 1908-9, the
expenses of which are défrayée! by Mr. Pierpont Morgan, were directed to
clearing the pyramid temple of Sesostris I. On the limestone pavement
before the entrance a fine statue of the king was discovered, and in deep
niches in the side walls of the temple were the bases of statues of members
of his family. O.L.Z. xii. 509.
Xaga ed Dêr. A new volume of the Hearst Expédition, namely the
second part of the Early Dynastie Ccmcteries of Naga ed Der, lias been
issued, written by A. G. Mage. The first volume dealt with two cemeteries
succeeding but overlapping each other from the Ist to the Ilnd
Dynasty. The présent volume continues with the third cemetery, which
ranges mainly from the end of the Ilnd to the end of the Illrd Dynasty.
It is described as poor, but interesting in that it is a necessary link in the
séquence. The memoir is a model of care and is richly illustrated with
photographs. The évidence of successive development and change is most
carefully utilised, and one only regrets that the richer tombs had ail been
SAQQABA. In his rnemoir Excavations at Saqqara (1907-1908) Quibell
publishes plans of the nionastery and churches of S. Jeremias, with a vast
quantity of fine capitals, frescoes and other détails, and Coptic inscriptions
edited by Sir H. Thompson, and many hieroglyphic texts found on re-used
blocks. Portions of the temple of the pyramid of Teta were found, and a
number of mastabas, mostly known to Mariette, are briefly noticed. Three
texts of great importance are edited by Spiegelberg, royal letters to