Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1900-1901

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somely painted, inscribed sarcophagus (now at Gizeli) besides many small
antiquities, sucli as beads, bead-rests, alabasters, &c.

Early in February, 1901, we moved our camp to the west end .of the
Birket el Kurrln in order to excavate at Yakuta, a small site six miles
west from the lake, discovered in 1898 by M. Daressy, who, chiefly on
the evidence of some fragmentary Greek inscriptions, identified it with
Dionysias (Annates du Service des AntiquiUs, i. p. 26). We recovered
several more fragments of these inscriptions, making one nearly complete.
This is a limestone cornice, 26 X 68 cm., very rudely inscribed, and
probably of the late Ptolemaic period.

[12 letters] . . [,]ato? deols <rwTr)po-{(r)i fi-e\y-
a'\o[(? A ioo-]icovpois dvedrjKev /car eii^v [yir-
ep e[avTov k\oX ti}? ryvvaiKos Medni ical rod vlov 'A\vr-
iXo^ov ett dya8a)i.

In the third line the engraver omitted the cross-bar of 6. Another
fragment, the one which suggested Dionysias to M. Daressy, should be
restored on the analogy of the first as follows :—


fxeya\\oL<; ALo\crKovpoi<; dveOvicev
inrep eavjrov [/cat t??? ywai/cbs.

This argument, therefore, for placing Dionysias at Yakuta falls to the
ground; and since the few papyri which we found there give no conclusive
evidence for the ancient name of the village, we prefer to adhere to our
previous identification of Dionysias with Kasr Kurun (Fayum Toivns, p.
11). Our chief find at Yakuta was a fine head of Alexander (?) in marble
of Ptolemaic workmanship.

On February 14th we left the picturesque but swampy region on the
edge of the lake and settled at Eubayyat, on the east side of the Fayum, a
site famous for the numerous portraits of the Eoman period which have
been found in its tombs. The Ptolemaic cemetery, which was to the east
of the Eoman, proved very extensive. Though small antiquities were
common, papyrus cartonnage was sparingly used, and most of the larger
tombs had been opened anciently. In a few cases where the graves were
very shallow the cartonnage was Avell preserved, but as a whole the cemetery
of Eubayyat proved almost as disappointing as that of Dime, owing to the
decay of the papyrus. About five miles to the south, however, on the
edge of the desert near the ruins of an ancient village (perhaps Tanis) now
called Manashinshaneh, we found another large Ptolemaic cemetery, which
at length brought us to the goal of our researches. Here mummies with
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