Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1908-1909

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and the cultivation; and I hope that next year will see the successful
completion of this bit of work. Mr. Theodore Davis made some small
but important discoveries at the Tombs of the Kings. In a tomb which
appeared to be that of a noble of the reign of Tutankhamen and Ay,
he found an alabaster figure of the deceased man, executed in a modified
El Amarna style: in fact, in the style of Tutankhamen. On some
fragments of gold foil Tutankhamen was shown in his chariot slaying
Asiatics, which is interesting as confirming Horemheb's remark about
following his lord ' on that day of slaying the Asiatics' (see Breasted's
note: Records, iii. 20). Of M. Legrain's interesting work at Karnak you
have, of course, a separate note. Mr. N. de G-. Davies continued his
excellent copying work in the Theban tombs. M. Baraize finished the
long job of clearing up the Bamesseum ; and he will now turn his attention
to Der el-Medineh.

" As regards the police side of my work, I have to report a robbery
which took place during my leave in a tomb discovered by Lord
Carnarvon. Some pieces were cut out of its walls, and I am just
now collecting the evidence and trying to trace them. There were a few
cases of illegal excavation in outlying places. On the whole the attitude
of the better-class Egyptians in regard to antiquities steadily improves,
and there is more co-operation every year. Certain dealers, such as
Muhammed Muhassib and Yusuf Hassan, behave very loyally to the
Department; and in such cases as this robbery from the tomb discovered
by Lord Carnarvon one may be sure that the stolen pieces would not be
purchased by them.

"As to writing work, I hope you will like my Catalogue of the Weights
and Balances in the Cairo Museum, upon which subject you have done so
much work. Prof. Petrie tells me he is going to criticise my introduction
freely, but I think I have strong arguments for all I have said. Blackwood
is publishing The Life and Times of Akhnaton, which I wrote last summer
in my spare time, mainly to show that Akhnaton was only 28 years of age
at his death, as his bones show us. It seems to me that the historical
evidence is absolutely convincing that that was his age. Blackwood is
also publishing my Travels in the Upper Egyptian Deserts shortly. May I
record here a fact with which I have only just become acquainted, but
which I now cannot add to my book ? It is that Mr. "VV. Brindley, who
visited the Imperial Porphyry quarries in 1887, was the first to identify them
as such. I had thought that their identity was never lost sight of. At
present the proofs of the Guide are keeping me busy at those times of day
when, in this weather, one would prefer to be sleeping. It is a long
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