Skip to main content
This site is under construction. Thank you for your patience.
Diary Transcription:

page 901

microfilm: begin page 901

Monday, February 19, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2186

(1) North of G 2186
North of that mastaba, searching for new mastabas and shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris and dirty debris and rubble. Exposed lining of some shafts and mastabas in that place. The remains of the lining of these mastabas not yet exposed, and not yet lettered. Margin Note: G 2186 - by objects. Found in debris in that place: small limestone fragment showing middle part of a figure with a belt. Part of a head of a limestone statuette (yellow) but the head painted black. Very decayed.

Tuesday, February 20, 1940
Day of rest.
Camel bringing stones for building a war store magazine west of the dark room. In which will be the various kinds of food etc.

Wednesday, February 21, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2185

(1) North of G 2185
North of this mastaba, west of G 2187. Searching for new shafts and mastabas in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, dirty debris and potsherds. Some mastabas and shafts appeared in that place. Not yet numbered.

Thursday, February 22, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2187

(1) North of G 2187
North of that mastaba in removing the old dump heap. Searching for new mastabas and shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble and dirty debris. No lining exposed in that place.

Friday, February 23, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2186

(1) North of G 2186
North of that mastaba. In exposing the remains of the lining of mastabas and the shafts. Sand, limestone debris, dirty debris and rubble. Exposed some of them, but not yet numbered and not started with them.

Today at 1:15 p.m. The Mudir, Mrs. Reisner, Miss Mary Reisner, Miss Ginger, Miss Perkins, Mr. Frank Allen and Mr. N. Melnicoff were invited from Mohammed Said Ahmed to have their lunch in the excavation. They all attended the lunch and of course that is a great pleasure was given to us. This is a happy day and I think and as I remembered it is the first time happened that the Mudir and his family took their lunch in the excavations, whether here or in the Sudan. The lunch was given in the chapel of G 2374.

Saturday, February 24, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2187

(1) North of G 2187
North of that mastaba. In exposing mastabas and shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble and dirty debris. Nothing exposed in that place.
Margin Note: Inscribed stones measurements. Measurements of inscribed stones in the excavations, according to Mr. F. O. Allen's orders.
Tomb No. G 2409: Length 97 centimeters, Width 30 centimeters, Thickness 30 centimeters.
Tomb No. G 2392 C: Length 87 centimeters, Width 40 centimeters, Thickness 15 centimeters.
Tomb No. G 2435: Length 62 centimeters, Width 34 centimeters, Thickness 20 centimeters.
Tomb No. G 5280: Length 95 centimeters, Width 32 centimeters, Thickness 18 centimeters.
Tomb No. G 5380: Length 136 centimeters, Width 46 centimeters, Thickness 18 centimeters (broken in two fragments).

microfilm: end page 901

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
    02/19/1940; 02/20/1940; 02/21/1940; 02/22/1940; 02/23/1940; 02/24/1940
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Mentioned on page
    Dorothy Ginger
    Evelyn Esther Perkins, British
    Francis Olcott Allen
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Miss Mary Reisner, American, 1902–1963
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
    Mrs. Mary Reisner, American
    Nicholas Melnikoff
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 9

  • G 2185

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2186

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2187

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2374

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2392

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2409

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2435

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5280

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5380

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 10

Modern People

  • Dorothy Ginger

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Friend of Reisner's secretary Evelyn Perkins; often present at Harvard Camp, Giza, during the 1930s and 1940s; later married a Mr. White to become Dorothy Ginger White.
  • Evelyn Esther Perkins

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British
    • Remarks Secretary to George Reisner
  • Francis Olcott Allen

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Archaeologist/Egyptologist for the Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • 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.
  • Miss Mary Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1902–1963
    • Remarks Daughter of George and Mary Reisner
  • 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.
  • Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • Mrs. Mary Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American
    • Remarks Wife of Dr. George Reisner, mother of Miss Mary Reisner.
  • Nicholas Melnikoff

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates