Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1906-1907

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Archaeology, Hieroglyphic Studies, Etc.


language of a type associated with negro peoples, in documents covering
some two thousand years. The extent of Africa's contribution to the
Egyptian language, character, and culture will be an interesting subject
of inquiry, for which research in Nubia may be expected to furnish
material of the highest importance.

Lord Cromer's Eeport to Parliament on Egypt and the Sudan {Egypt
no. 1, 1907) mentions, amongst other items relating to Archaeology, the
theft of twenty small statues from the Cairo Museum. A subsequent
Despatch respecting the water supply of Egypt {Egypt no. 2, 1907), contains
in Sir "William Garstin's report the admirable suggestions of Captain
Lyons, which have now been adopted by the Egyptian Government, for
an archaeological survey of the district above the Eirst Cataract that will
be inundated by the raising of the Aswan dam.

The condition of Philae in the winter of 1905 is the subject of a report
by M. Maspero, embodying reports by Mr. Weigall and the native
inspector of Edfu. The salt incrustations have greatly diminished and
seem likely to disappear, but the sculptured surfaces are injured by boats
and by the action of the water. Measures are being taken to prevent the
friction and shock of the boats, and it is hoped that when the salt has
gone the action of the water will lose its effect. Ann. vii. 71.

The following note is kindly contributed by Captain H. G. Lyons, under
date 29 Aug., 1907 :—

" The Egyptian Government having decided to raise the Aswan dam by
seven metres, thus raising the water-level of the reservoir when full to the
113-metre contour, a sum of £50,000 to £60,000 has been allotted for the
systematic examination of the antiquities within the reach which will be

" M. Maspero, Director-General of the Department of Antiquities, will
carry out the necessary examination, study, and consolidation of the
temples within this area, while the other half of the sum has been allotted
to the Survey Department in order that an archaeological survey may be
carried out under the direction of Captain Lyons.

" Since the existing structure allows of the reservoir water-level being
raised to the 107" 5-metre contour, the twenty kilometres which will be
submerged by this preliminary increase are to be examined at once.
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