apparently for the Institut francais—by M. Cledat, at Bawit, west of
Derut.* An account of the results, in glowing but vague terms, has
been sent by the excavator.39 A large church, many frescoes, sculptures etc.
have been unearthed. It is scarcely doubtful that these ruins represent
the ancient monastery of Apollo, the local saint whose name so often
appears in Proscynemata from Middle Egypt, and which is referred to
in the Lives of Shenoute [Miss, franc, iv. 321) and Daniel (ed. Clugnet,
p. 22). A number of the antiquities are said to be destined for the
M. Cledat has also copied some scattered texts in the same neighbour-
hood (Mer, Kusiah, Bawit).40 His readings are rectified in some cases by
M. de Eicci.'11
Further, in the not far distant rock-tombs of Shech Sa'id, Mr. Davies
has copied the remains of what were once, when the tomb was probably
used as a chapel, well designed and effective frescoes.12 They represented
St. George (?) and the dragon, a unicorn (with its name ^cW/cepw?),
gazelles, a large crux ansata etc. Other tombs had been rearranged as
dwellings. In tomb 39 a graffito shows a date—probably 751—while
Prof. Petrie assigns some of the pottery found to the 4th century a.d.
The tombs of Gebel el-G-ebrawi, further up the river, contain a few
interesting Coptic graffiti, copied some years ago by Messrs. Newberry and
Praser, and recording several interesting saints' and place-names. They
are edited for Mr. Davies's second volume 13 by the present writer.
7. Miscellaneous. In the fourth volume of the Cairo Catalogue,41 the
present writer gives summary descriptions of the Coptic MSS. and ostraca
and the Christian stelae, with the texts so far as legible—not emended—of
the latter. Some 740 numbers in all are described. The main feature of
the book is the fifty-seven photographic plates of the stelae wbich reproduce
the majority of those drawn by M. Gayet (Miss, franc, iii.) as well as
The same writer has edited some GOO ostraca4:j from the collection
of the Egypt Exploration Fund (now in the British Museum), and
those of the Cairo, Brussels, Florence, Strassburg, Oxford and Cambridge
Museums as well as from several private collections. The texts are
biblical, liturgical, patristic, legal, financial and private, the most curious
among them being those relating to ecclesiastical and monastic government.
The liturgical t?xts are edited by Mr. F. E. Brightman. The whole may
be said roughly to come from Thebes and to date from ca. GOO. Of
* See also M. Chassinat's contribution to this Report (above, p. 14).