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Sunday, February 4, 1949 (continued)

(1) G 2435 (continued)
G 2435 X: The second stone is a nummulitic limestone with inscription in sunk relief. Sketch of the stone.
We stop searching for other stones from that mastaba until we draw it because we are afraid of its fallen.

(2) G 2438
Margin Note: G 2438 chapel.
In the room of the mastaba and east of it. The room is a stone room, uninscribed. On the west side on north is an uninscribed niche, only traces of gypsum. This room is in the mastaba on south, with door opens on east. Drift sand. Cleared on a limestone floor. We found the heads of two skeletons and some broken bones, left in place. Found on top of mastaba. Fragment of a limestone offering basin but uninscribed.

East of that mastaba removing the old dump, searching for new mastabas and shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble and big stones. Exposed two shafts in that place, not yet lettered and not yet started with them.

Monday, February 5

Work on:
(1) G 2436
(2) east of G 2438

(1) G 2436
In exposing the remains of the lining of that mastaba on north. Limestone debris, red debris underneath the debris of the dump. Exposed the lining on north and part of the lining on west. Also exposed one shaft north of the mastaba. Not yet lettered, and not yet started with it. Also the remains of the lining on west to south not yet exposed.

(2) East of G 2438
Margin Note: East of G 2438 granite powder.
East of that mastaba. Searching for mastabas and shafts in that place. Limestone debris, rubble, red debris and small fragments of granite. Exposed two more shafts, not yet lettered and not yet started in them.

Tuesday, February 6, 1940
Day of rest.
Only the guards in preparing a railway line running east-west, south of G 2401.

Wednesday, February 7, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2402a, b
(2) west of G 2428
(3) G 2435 A, B
(4) G 2436
(5) G 2437
(6) east of G 2438
(7) G 2439
(8) G 2439a

(1) North of G 2402a, G 2402b
North of these mastabas. West of G 2427, G 2428 - G 2419. In removing the debris from the old dump. Searching for new mastabas in that place. Limestone debris, rubble, sand and big stones. Nothing exposed yet.

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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
    02/04/1940; 02/05/1940; 02/06/1940; 02/07/1940
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 10

  • G 2401

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2402

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2419

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2427

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2428

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2435

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2436

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2437

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2438

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2439

    • 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.