Sir G. Maspero's account of a will-of-the-wisp temple in the western
desert, noticed last year, has drawn forth a communication by Cledat,
regarding similar rumours localised at Meir Bawit and Sohag.
Ann. x. 238.
Of popular works issued during the year there is the fifth edition of
Maspero's Au temps de Ramses et cV Asourbanipal, intended for secondary
schools; Moret's The Time of the Pharaohs, and the same author's Rois et
dieux d'J^gypte, and a lecture on the temple of Deir el Bahari, printed in
tome x.xxiv of the Bibliolheque de vulgarisation of the Musee G-uimet;
and Weigall's The Treasury of Ancient Egypt. Prof. Petrie in The
Revolutions of Civilisation, taking Egypt as furnishing the most
extensive basis, endeavours to tabulate and describe the rise, culmination,
and fall of waves of culture, differing to some extent according to the
kind and the region. Prof. naville has printed an eloquent discourse
delivered before the University of Geneva on the mutual assistance given
by the historical and the natural sciences, La, Solidarity des Sciences
historiqitcs et des Sciences naturelles. In The Tombs of Saqqara Mrs. QuiBELL
has provided a popular guide to the antiquities of Saqqara, which should
be very useful to visitors.
The not unfrequent request for an Index to the Archaeological Reports
has hitherto been met with the answer non p>ossu7nus. Now, however,
thanks to the kindness and energy of Mr. W. L. Nash (to whom scholars
are already indebted for Indexes to the publications of his own Society,
the Society of Biblical Archaeology), we possess a handy and clearly-
printed Index to the first eighteen years of the Archaeological Report,
from 1890-1 to 1908-9. Our gratitude to Mr. Nash for his labour of love
is joined with the hope that the Index will greatly increase the usefulness
of the Eeports.
After a long interval of suspense since the resignation of Mr. N. de G.
Davies, the Archaeological Survey branch of our Society is to be
congratulated on having Mr. A. M. Blackman, B.A.-of Queen's College,
Oxford, appointed by the Committee as its official Surveyor. Dining the
present autumn Mr. Blackman is giving lectures in Birmingham,
Cheltenham, Dewsbury, Keighley, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Norwich, and other
centres, and in the winter will proceed to Egypt to record the important
series of sculptured tombs at Meir in Middle Egypt.