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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Progress of Egyptology.

for the new Barrage at Esneh. These quarries are under our most careful
supervision, and I hope no damage has been or will be done to any of the
important ancient quarries there. The two main quarries have been
closed with iron doors, and visitors must show their admission-tickets
before entering them. The work of repairing the temple of Eclfu is now
finished, though there is some more clearing to be done. A temple of
Eameses II. has been discovered, which seems to have stood on the site
of the existing temple; and an interesting inscription of Eameses III.
was found there, stating that in his 15th year he ordered the temple to be
cleaned up and purified. At El Kab another tomb has been fitted with an
iron door and lock. At Esneh preparations are being made for the
clearing of the temple there, and the difficult business of the expropriation
of the landowners is proceeding. At Gurneh a new road for the tourists is
being built from the canal opposite Luxor to the ancient necropolis. At
Medinet Habu a subterranean passage, decorated with processional reliefs
of the time of Eameses III., has been discovered, leading down to the
temple well. You will have heard all about the newly-discovered tomb
of Queen Thiy in the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings, and of the fact
that the much-broken bones proved to be those of a young man—almost
certainly Akhnaton, although the funeral furniture is Thiy's. Mr. Davis
permitted me to publish an illustrated account of the find in the Century
Magazine for September 1907; and another article regarding the identity
of the bones, in Blackwood's Magazine for October 1907, may be of interest
to you. The tomb of Septah is now open to the public, and I have
temporarily patched it up. A great deal of work has been done on the
tombs of Shekh abd el Gurneh, about fifty of which are now fitted with
iron doors and are open to the public. The native residents at Luxor
have contributed generously to the work, many of them paying all the
expenses of the clearing and safeguarding of certain tombs. I have placed
chairs and tables in the gallery of an empty tomb, so that visitors may
have their lunch there in the shade; and pathways and easy stairways
have been made in all directions over the hillside, leading to all the
tombs. I have re-numbered the tombs on a systematic basis, and a list
will soon be published. The work will be continued, and I hope that it
will not be long before all the known tombs are accessible. A small
excavation was conducted here by Lord Carnarvon in March 1907; but
his labours were fruitless. The clearing of the Eamesseum continues, and
ought to be finished during the coming winter. At Dendereh the removal
of the mediaeval mounds around the temple is proceeding, and some new
buildings have been exposed.
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