Progress of Egyptology.
The boats of visitors to the temple constitute the most serious danger;
the wetted sandstone, however, except of course the sculptures, can stand
the shocks of their grazing ; only the iron tips should be removed from the
Altogether, we— at least those amongst us who are not archaeologists—can
comfort ourselves by the reflection that the temples ofPhilae and the stones
of which they are composed appear to be safer from destruction than ever
The work at Karnak of 1903-4 included the removal of several archi-
traves, the repair of several columns, and the re-erection of eleven columns
on foundations re-made the year before. The great find before the
Tilth pylon led to a robbery of valuable statues from the house of the
Service; the booty was recovered and two guards were punished with
three years' hard labour each. A smaller robbery also was committed,
for which the culprits received due chastisement. Legrain, Ann. v. 265.
The inspector Arif reports on two years' work in the Faiyum-Beuisuef
district. The first year was spent in ascertaining the conditions and
organizing the service, which now appears to be working well. The
system devised by M. Arif for his province includes a royalty on the
sebakh-digging—which pays only for the guarding of it—and the sale of
bricks, pottery, &c, which returns a considerable sum to the credit of the
Department. Ann. v. 44.
Maspeko, Babsanti, and others describe at considerable length the
transport of the colossal monuments from San to the Museum, which
occupied nearly three months. The stela of 400 years was not rediscovered.
Ann. v. 203.__
Mr. Somers Clarke has made three communications to the Society of
Antiquaries as Local Secretary for Egypt (Pruc. Soc. Ant. xx. 124,
142, 157), valuable as proceeding from an architect and guardian of
monuments. The last concerns especially the mosques and remains of
Christian art; it led to a resolution (inter alia) that it should be suggested
to the Government that the " Christian remains be put under an entirely
sympathetic body, instead of confiding their custody and conservation to
a body primarily charged with the care of Musulman monuments."
Prof. Petrie is organizing a " British School of Archaeology in Egypt,"