Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1905-1906

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Excavations at Deir el Bahari.


water-plants (New York and British Museum), and further additions to
the historical scenes of the expedition against the Aamu : this important
series has heen assigned en bloc to the British Museum,

Of smaller objects, a number of XVIIIth Dynasty scarabs were found
in the tomb-dromos (?) at the western end of the temple; and in the southern
court a fine earthenware vase with the rope network by which it was
suspended from a roof, still perfect. The votive cloths with representa-
tions of the worship of Hathor are also a notable find. Several hieratic
ostraca were discovered.

Among miscellaneous work done during the season may be mentioned
the raising of the inscribed white limestone sarcophagus of the priestess
Henhenet (Report for 1904-5, p. 5) out of her tomb, with the object of
bringing it to England, as there is at present no perfect sarcophagus of
this type and period in this country. It was, however, not found possible
to transport it this year, owing to lack of funds; the cost of removing
so large an object is heavy. But since it is made in several pieces, it is
not an inconvenient object to remove. The decoration is simple, consisting
merely of a single line of inscription finely cut, with the two characteristic
eves on *ne fhles; but notwithstanding its simplicity it is a
very interesting antiquity. The small fragments of the painted inner
part of the sarcophagus of Kerusit (Report for 1904-5, p. 6), which were
brought back last year, are of the greatest artistic interest and importance,
but are too fragmentary to be put together in the form of a sarcophagus,
whereas the sarcophagus of Henhenet is perfect.

The progress of the excavations in the past year can be seen by com-
paring PI. i, fig. 1, with PI. iii, fig. 1, of last year's Report. These two photo-
graphs show the two temples side by side from the same point (high up on
the ghafir's path to the Bibau el-Mnluk) in December, 1904, and December,
1905, respectively. Naturally much more was done before March. 1906,
when work stopped. PI. i, fig. 2, shows the Xlth Dynasty temple seen in
bird's-eye view from the top of the cliffs, 400 ft. above it. This gives a
good idea of the plan.

No plan is published with this Report, on account of the imminent
appearance of a provisional one in the first part of "The Xlth Dynasty
Temple at Deir el-Bahari." This plan has been prepared by Mr. Currelly,
on the basis of that begun by Mr. Peers and continued last year by
Mr. Ayrton. It will show all additional discoveries up to date.

Edouakd Naville.
H. R. Hall.
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