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The Quarterly Statement of the Palestine Exploration should be 
taken and read by everyone interested in the archaeology of Palestine. 
We may here only refer to the concise account of recent work in that 
land for the period July 1920-December 1921 from the pen of Professor 
Garstang, Director of the British School, in the April number of the 
Statement. The same number contains a reprint in part of an excellent 
article by Prof. R. A. S. Macalister, which appeared in the November 
number of the Expository Times on "Thirty Years of Palestine 

The French journal Syrie keeps us informed of the forward movements 
being pressed in Syrian archaeology. The works undertaken there, as 
reported in the volume for 1921, include: (1) Excavations at Tell Nebi 
Minda (Kadesh of the Hittites (?) ) ; (2) the study of the mediaeval mon- 
uments at Tortosa; (3) continuation of excavation at Sidon; (4) excava- 
tions at Tyre. Notice is made of the remarkable finds at Byblos, where 
in addition to the names of inscriptions of Rameses II and Thothmes 
III inscribed vases of kings Unas and Pepi, V and VI Dynasty, respectively, 
have been discovered. In view of these notable finds the French Academy 
of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres has determined to undertake further 
excavations at this ancient meeting-point of Egypt and Syria. 

A Palestine Oriental Society was founded in Jerusalem through the 
stimulus of Professor Clay, and is publishing a most creditable Journal, 
now in its second volume, Director Albright being one of the editors. We 
have also to note the establishment of an Arab Academy at Damascus, 
which has begun publishing a journal (part 1, Damascus, 1921), La Revue 
de l'Acad^mie Arabe. 


A meeting of the Trustees was held at the Columbia Club, New York 
City, February 18. The most important business was the selection of the 
building plans. The results of the action taken are given above. 

Prof. Max L. Margolis, of Dropsie College, was appointed Annual 
Professor at Jerusalem for 1924-25. 

The Zion Research Foundation had generously given the widest 
latitude in the use of its gift of $1000 for the discovery of Biblical manu- 
scripts, and it was voted to use part of this fund for defraying the cost of 
a trip which it is expected Professor Hatch will make next winter to Mount 
Sinai to search for manuscripts in the Convent of St. Catharine. 

Action was taken in the matter of simplifying and combining various 
funds of the corporation. Various moneys were united in an Excavation 
Fund, which is to be used for excavations, and this now amounts to $3,500. 

A meeting of the Trustees was held at the Old Colony Club, New 
York City, May 6, and various matters of business transacted. 


Prof. R. V. D. Magoffin, of Johns Hopkins University, was elected 
President of the Archaeological Institute at Christmas and we welcome him 
to the Board of Trustees. He has issued an inspiring circular letter to all 


the members of the Institute, calling their attention to the present oppor- 
tunity for American research in archaeology. He says, inter alia: "Funds 
for excavations are especially needed by all our Schools. Books, buildings, 
and accessories of various kinds come next, The Greek and Oriental 
Schools just now need the most, and can with profit use the money best. . . " 
He proceeds boldly to ask for a quarter of a million endowment for each of 
the five schools of the Institute. It is the new President's policy to draw 
closer the bonds between the Institute and the Schools, to insist that the 
responsibility of the Institute and the several Schools is mutual. He is 
making a drive for a 10,000 membership of the Institute. 

The first volume of the Annual of our Schools has been widely and 
favorably noticed in the archaeological journals. Syrie, the handsome 
archaeological quarterly published under the direction of the French 
government in Syria, speaks of it thus: "La premier volume, solidement 
cartonne, imprime" sur beau papier, abondamment illustrS, fait, par sa 
composition, bien inaugurer de Pavenir." A double volume of the Annual 
(II and III) is now being edited by President Moulton, of Bangor Theo- 
logical Seminary, and is partly in print. 

A series of eight lectures were delivered by Director Albright and 
Professor Hinke at the School in Jerusalem in November. In December 
the Director gave a series of five lectures and in January Dr. Hinke a like 
number of lectures. Various phases of Oriental civilization, history and 
religion were covered. They were well attended and make part of our 
contribution to the intellectual life of Jerusalem. 

The Thayer Fellowship at the School in Jerusalem, the gift of the 
Archaeological Institute, has been gained for 1922-23 by Martin J. 
Wyngaarden, M.A., Harrison Fellow in the Graduate School of the 
University of Pennsylvania, where he expects to receive the Doctorate in 
Philosophy at the coming Commencement. Mr. Wyngaarden received 
his education at the University of Washington, Princeton University, and 
Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Prof. A. V. Williams Jackson will represent the schools at the cen- 
tenary celebration of the Soci^te" Asiatique in Paris in July. This cele- 
bration will coincide with the centennial of Champollion's decipherment 
of the Kosetta Stone . 

The current number of Art and Archaeology gives full reports of a 
munificent gift received by the School at Athens. M. Johannes Gannadius, 
Dean of the Diplomatic Service of Graece and representative of his country 
at the Washington Disarmament Conference, has donated to the School 
his unique Hellenic library, consisting of 50,000 titles, along with a valuable 
art collection. The chief condition of the gift is that a building be pro- 
vided for the collection. 

Annual Professor Hinke is on his way home, after a very profitable 
year, and expects to arrive in New York June 8.