Progress op Egyptology.
The second series of Petrie's Egyptian Tales has now appeared, and
contains tales of the New Kingdom and later times.
Boechardt, JEg. Zeit. xxxiii. p. 72, publishes from the British Museum
a glazed pottery label for a papyrus roll from the library of Amen-
hetep III., with the title " Book of the Sycamore and of the Date Palm."
This would seem to have been the title of a story.
MM. V. Loret and J. Poisson, Bee. de Trav. xvii. p. 177, discuss
the Ancient Egyptian plant remains preserved in the Louvre. Unfortu-
nately no precise details of the age or provenance of the specimens are
known. However, ten species new to the ancient flora have been identi-
fied, the most remarkable identification being that of the Central African
Baobab. The writers do not appear to doubt the antiquity of that
Beadvisage, Bee. de Trav. xviii. p. 78, having examined the wood of
some coffins of the Middle Kingdom from M&r, has discovered that yew-
wood was known in Egypt during that period, In all probability it came
P. C. J. Spurrell, Journ. Arch. Inst. 1895, p. 222, has written a most
important paper on Egyptian pigments from Medura (IVth Dynasty)
Kahun (Xllth Dynasty), and Tell el Amarna (XVIIIth Dynasty). It
contains the results of very careful observations as to the methods both
of manufacture and of application.
Ebees, Mg. Zeit. xxxiii. p. 1, has written a very interesting article on
the course by which Ancient Egyptian medicine entered Egypt through
the Salerno school, and shows how it has left its traces on the popular
remedies and medical superstitions of the present day. At the outset
there appear to have been four great doctors belonging to the school,
and they represented, apparently, the teaching of the Greeks, the
Romans, the Arabs, and the East. Copho, the name of the fourth doctor,
may be connected with the Copts; at any rate the wording of some
prescriptions in the Salernite treatises bears the stamp of Ancient Egyptian
writings on medicine.
Eisenlohr, Bee. de Trav. xviii. p. 29, in a long article reviews various
contributions to the Egyptian metrology that have appeared since his
publication of the Rhind mathematical papyrus. He admits many im-
provements suggested in this obscure, though hardly difficult, subject,