Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1902-1903

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The progress made in Egyptology during the last twelve months has been
satisfactory in many directions. The number of serious workers is
increasing, and new lines of investigation are opened up according to the
bent of the investigator. Amongst the contributors to the Annates du
Service des Antiquites appear three native officials of the department,
dealing with the work of their remote ancestors in the Nile Valley, and
one of them undoubtedly is a man of learning. It is satisfactory to find
the problem of the stone age or ages in Egypt handled from the geologist's
standpoint by two persons exceptionally well acquainted with the country,
Prof. Schweinfurth, and Mr. Beadnell of the Geological Survey of Egypt.
It would appear, from the researches of the former, who was aided by
several geologists, that the deposits in which implements of palaeo-
lithic type are found on the west bank at 'Thebes belong to a truly
palaeolithic age, the second ice age of Egypt. Mr. Beadnelks work
concerns mainly the neolithic remains in the region of the Eaiyum, and
shows that Lake Moeris existed with little change from prehistoric times
clown to the age of the Ptolemies. Turning to history, Professor Sethe
has re-examined the traditions regarding the kings of Egypt before the
two lands were united by Menes, and has reached some very interesting
results. The excavations conducted by the officials of the Egyptian
administration of antiquities, and by English, American, French, and
German enterprise, have again been very fruitful, Mr. Petrie's excavations
for our Society taking as usual a leading place, M. Legrain is finding
important relics of the earlier temples of Karnak, underlying the great
rebuilding by Thothmes III. The German work at the Pyramids appears
to have yielded little this year beyond results of scientific interest; in
less careful hands they would have had small value, but, thanks to the
excellence of the personnel and the ample funds at their disposal, the value
of the work for the history of architecture and for archaeology in general
is largely independent of the element of luck, and its progress may be
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