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Tuesday, June 4, 1940
A new chauffeur is working because of Tewfik's illness. The name of the chauffeur is Said. Tewfik [was] sent to the C.M.C. Hospital.

Wednesday, June 5, 1940
Guards in cleaning the room a of LG 71, sand, dirty debris, limestone debris, rubble and stones. Room not yet cleaned.

Thursday, June 6, 1940
As yesterday. In the rooms we exposed a shaft and not yet started with it. Found in debris:
two complete limestone canopic jars and three complete lids.
fragment of a limestone bowl. Cleaned.

Friday, June 7, 1940
Guards in cleaning rooms a and b of G 7752. That tomb will be a magazine for Mr. Blanchard antiquities. Iron door will be on that tomb. Rooms cleaned but the iron door not yet put in place. Drawing.

Saturday, June 8, 1940
Guards in cleaning the shaft which is in room a of L.G. 71 because we might put some objects in it. It is cut in rock. Sand, dirty debris, limestone debris and rubble. Chamber on south cut in rock. Lower part of the blocking still remains, rubble and stones at bottom. In the chamber on west is a north-south cut coffin without lid. Cleared. Drawing.

I (Mohammed Said) went [to] Cairo to meet Mr. Clealand to buy some stuff for the packing of Mr. Blanchard's shop in Cairo to be removed to the camp.

Sunday, June 9, 1940
Guards in removing pottery and bones from magazine No. 6 and putting them in out new magazine "Sadik's House" which is east of Cemetery G 6000.

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  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    06/04/1940; 06/05/1940; 06/06/1940; 06/07/1940; 06/08/1940; 06/09/1940
  • Mentioned on page
    Mr. Clealand
    Ralph Huntington Blanchard, American, 1875-1936
  • Translator
    Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 2

Published Documents 1

People 5

Modern People

  • Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Translator
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Diary translator. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926). Brother of Mohammed Said Ahmed (Head Reis 1936-1939). Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.
  • Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1936–1939. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926) and brother of Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator) and Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.
  • Mr. Clealand

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Ralph Huntington Blanchard

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1875-1936
    • Remarks Reisner had a tomb with iron door prepared in 1940 for Mr. Blanchard's antiquities. The role of Mr. Blanchard is not mentioned, but he is perhaps the antiquities dealer of the same name who was based in Cairo. This is perhaps the same Mr. Blanchard who is mentioned in H. Lyman Story's diary, Jan.-Feb. 1915. Identity confirmed with additiona detail in 2020: Fredrik Hagen and Kim Ryholt, The Antiquities Trade in Egypt 1880–1930. The H.O. Lange Papers (Copenhagen: Specialtrykkeriet Viborg, 2016), esp. pp. 68-70, 160-61, 205-206.
  • Tewfik

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition worker at Giza.