A Remarkable Discovery in Egypt

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    ON February 7 a most important discovery was made by Prof. Naville at Thebes. The excavation of the eleventh dynasty temple at Deir el-Bahari, discovered by Prof. Naville and Mr. H. R. Hall, of the British Museum, in 1903, has since been carried on for the Egypt Exploration Fund by these gentlemen, assisted by Mr. E. R. Ayrton. Mr. Ayrton being unable to continue working for the Fund this year, his place was taken by another of the Fund's excavators, Mr. C. T. Currelly, who joined the expedition for the first time this year. During this season work was first carried on by Messrs. Hall and Currelly in the southern court of the temple. Here were discovered some interesting priests' houses (?) of brick, dating from the time of the twelfth to eighteenth dynasties, and the south temenos-wall of the temple. This wall was found to be of the same type as the south wall of the great temple of Queen Hatshepsu, which was thus shown to be in reality the north temenos-wall of the eleventh dynasty temple. Later on Mr. Hall began the excavation of the back part of the temple to see how it ended. He discovered, Prof. Naville says, “the enclosure wall and found that the enclosure was interrupted by a court or wide avenue, lined on both sides by a single row of columns, and directed towards the mountain. The rock had been cut open to make way for the avenue.”

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