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Diary Transcription:

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Friday, January 26, 1940

Work on:
(1) east of G 2401

(1) East of G 2401
East of that mastaba. In exposing the remains of the lining, which we discovered yesterday. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, and big stones. We exposed that the lining and the room is of a stone mastaba. Only the remains of the lining on east not yet exposed. The mastaba not yet numbered. Found in debris in that mastaba (which is east of G 2401) above the room: complete jar (pottery) but only a little part of the neck missing (on the jar traces of red paint) broken jar in fragments, Wooden mummy with traces of white paint and the eyes painted in black (Roman?).

Saturday, January 27, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2396 A
(2) G 2440

(1) G 2396
G 2396 A: Removed the inscribed stone [40-1-11] which was built in the shaft on east. See Diary January 21, 1940. Sketch of stone.

[ILLUSTRATION/GLYPHS]

(2) East of G 2440
East of that mastaba, in exposing the lining of the mastaba, which we discovered yesterday. Sand, limestone debris, rubble and big stones. Lining on east not yet exposed and mastaba not yet numbered.

Sunday, January 28, 1940

Work on:
(1) east of G 2440

(1) East of G 2440
East of that mastaba in exposing the remains of the foundation of that mastaba on east. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, and big stones. Exposed the lining on east. Lined with stones outside and rubble inside bound with mud, with two stelae; the northern stela is uninscribed, and the southern stela is not yet exposed. The lining of the new discovered mastaba east of that mastaba is continuing with the lining of that mastaba, so we stop working until we clear and expose the mastaba. The lining of the mastaba (G 2401) on north and south not yet exposed. Also we exposed some shafts of the new mastaba east of that mastaba. Remains of shafts on east not yet exposed. We numbered the mastaba today as G 2438.

Monday, January 29, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2438
(2) east of G 5280
(3) south of G 5380

(1) G 2438
East of that mastaba in exposing the remains of the lining on east. Sand, limestone debris, and big stones. Remains of lining on east not yet exposed.

(2) East of G 5280
Removed the inscribed stone [39-9-3, lintel of Seshemnefer], (showing a seated statue with staff in hand and in front of him inscriptions in sunk relief). That stone found east of the chapel of G 5280. That stone found by Mohammedani, see diary. Sketch of the stone.

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Details

  • 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
    01/26/1940; 01/27/1940; 01/28/1940; 01/29/1940
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 6

  • G 2396

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2401

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2438

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2440

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5280

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5380

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 2

Modern People

  • Mahmoud 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.
  • Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

    • 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.