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Thursday, April 20, 1939

work on
(1) G 2237
(2) G 2238
(3) G 2239 a, b
(4) G 2239a
(5) G 2239b
(6) G 2239c
(7) G 2241
(8) top of G 2242 and room a
(9) G 2242a

(1) G 2237
A stone mastaba, east of G 2232, south of G 2231, west of G 2241 and north of G 2233. Contains of two shafts, A, B. Not started with them.

(2) G 2238
A stone mastaba. On east is a niche but not exactly exposed if it is inscribed or not. It is west of G 2239 or south of south-east corner of G 2233. Contains six shafts A, B, X, Y, Z, W and a serdab, but not started with them.

(3) G 2239
A stone mastaba, east of G 2238 and south of G 2239. Contains of ten shafts, A-J, but started with them, and two rooms a and b.

G 2239 room a: In room, a stone room, only on north with rubble. It is north of room b, or east of G 2239a mastaba, sand, limestone debris, rubble and red debris. Door opened to east. Found in debris: weathered limestone stela [39-4-23] with sunk relief inscriptions. Room cleared on rock surface.

G 2239 room b: In the room, a stone room. Partly destroyed on east and south, uninscribed. It is south of a, and east of shafts A-D, sand, limestone debris, rubble and stones. Door opened to north into room a. Found in debris in front of door: two fragments of white limestone architrave [39-4-22] in sunk relief. Room cleared on rock surface.

(4) G 2239a
A stone mastaba, north of G 2239, west of G 2239 room a and south of G 2239b mastaba. With one shaft lettered A and a serdab built of stone running from north to south and cut in rock below. Roof gone. The serdab is south of shaft A, or north of G 2239, sand, limestone debris and rubble. Cleared. Open and empty.

(5) G 2239b
A small stone mastaba, north of G 2239a and west of G 2239c. With one shaft lettered A, but not started with it.

(6) G 2239c
A small stone mastaba, east of G 2239b and north of room a of G 2239. With one shaft, lettered A, but not started with it.

(7) G 2241
A stone mastaba, east of G 2237, south of G 2240 and north of G 2242. With two shafts, lettered A, B, but not started with them.

(8) G 2242
On top of the mastaba, In exposing the shafts and rooms. It is a stone mastaba, east of G 2233, south of G 2241 and west of G 2243, limestone debris, rubble and sand. Exposed four shafts, A, B, C, X but not started with them. Also a room.

G 2242 a: In the room, a stone room. Partly destroyed on west. Room decorated on north and south, in relief. Room opened to east. In front of it a street running to the north, opened on north also. North of that street is a stone wall running east-west and continuing G 2241. In the room is a serdab, built of stones, and roof gone. The serdab is north of room a, west of the street, and east of shafts B and C, drift sand.
Found in room debris: two inscribed limestone fragments in relief (left in place), one inscribed limestone fragment in relief. Also found in debris in front of the beginning of the street: broken decayed limestone fragment inscribed in sunk relief. The room and the street are cleaned and also the serdab. East of room a and the street appears a new mastaba G 2243. Shafts not yet exposed.

cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 120
8:30 to 12:00: 260
2:30 to evening: 240
Total: 620

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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
    04/20/1939
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 2237

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2238

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2239

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2241

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2242

    • 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.