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Diary Transcription:

page 996

microfilm: begin page 996

Thursday, May 16, 1940 (continued)

(3) G 4984 (continued)
G 4984 B. drawing of shaft.

G 4984 C: In shaft. Lined above with rubble and rock cut below. It is north of B. Total depth 1.85 meters, sand, limestone debris and rubble. Ends at rock. No chamber.

Today we removed all the negatives from the office to the tomb of Meresankh III in the Eastern Cemetery (G 7530).
28 boxes of large size negatives "A", nos. 1-28.
20 boxes of middle size negatives "B", nos. 1-20.
15 boxes of small size negatives "C", nos. 1-15.
63 total of boxes all inside the north room in the tomb.

Friday, May 17, 1940

work on
(1) G 2335 Z, U
(2) G 2336 U, V
(3) G 2337 X, Y

(1) G 2335
G 2335 Z: In shaft. Ends at rock. Lined with masonry. It is north of the building of the mastaba and east of shaft U. Total depth 2.22 meters, sand and dirty debris. Ends at rock. No chamber.

G 2335 U: In shaft and chamber. Lined above with masonry and cut in rock below. It is north of the mastaba and west of Z. Total depth 4.05 meters, sand and dirty debris. Chamber on west cut in rock. No blocking. Cleared. Drawing.

(2) G 2336
G 2336 U: In shaft and chamber. Lined above with masonry and cut in rock below. It is north of the northeast corner of the mastaba and east of V. Total depth 3.9 meters, dirty debris, limestone debris and rubble. Chamber on east cut in rock. No blocking. Cleared. Drawing on page 997.

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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
    05/16/1940; 05/17/1940
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Mentioned on page
    Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 2335

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2336

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2337

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4984

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 3

Ancient People

  • Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7530-7540.Granddaughter of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid, and wife of either Khafre or Menkaure. Her unique underground chapel (labeled G 7530-7540) preserves beautifully carved and painted scenes of the queen and her royal family, as well as servants, artisans, and funerary priests. The scenes also depict the sort of rich burial goods that would have been placed in Meresankh’s tomb: statues and fine furniture; boxes containing food, clothing, and jewelry; even a representation of the black granite sarcophagus that was actually found in situ in her burial chamber. Chapel entrance architrave, jambs, reveals and drum inscribed for Meresankh, idenitifed as [mAAt Hr stX wrt Hts nbwj xt Hr wrt Hst DHwtj smrt Hr mrt=f sAt nswt n Xt=f Hmt nswt mrt] seer of Horus and Seth, great one of the hetes-scepter of the Two Lords, khet-priestess of Horus, great of praises of Thoth, companion of Horus, his beloved, king's daughter of his body, beloved king's wife; in situ in G 7530-7540. Appears in chapel relief of main room: seated holding lotus (south wall); standing with her mother (east wall), idenitifed as [wrt Hts] great one of the hetes-scepter; on pillars (north wall), idenitifed as [tjst Hr] intimate(?) of Horus; seated at offering table, standing north of false door and on central pillar, and with her mother and son (west wall), idenitifed as [Hm-nTr DHwtj wrt Hts nbtj Hm-nTr bApf Hm-nTr HwtHr nbt jwnt smAwt mrjj nbtj] priestess of Thoth, great one of the hetes-scepter of the Two Ladies, priestess of Bapef, priestess of Hathor Mistress-of-Dendera, consort of him who is beloved of the Two Ladies; in situ in G 7530-7540. Also appears on all walls of offering (west) room; in situ in G 7530-7540. Architrave on north wall of north room inscribed for Meresankh; uninscribed statues may also represent Meresankh (along with other female family members); in situ in G 7530-7540. Black granite sarcophagus (Cairo JE 54935) inscribed for Meresankh, idenitifed as [xrp sSmtjw SnDt] director of butchers of the 'Acacia House'; in situ in burial chamber of G 7530-7540. Incomplete limestone statue of Meresankh (MFA 30.1457) and pair statue of Meresankh and Hetepheres II (MFA 30.1456); found displaced in debris of main room. Mother ([mwt=f] his mother) of Nebemakhet (owner of G 8172 = Lepsius 86). Appears in relief of inner chapel (above doorway in eastern wall), identified as [mAAt Hr stX wrt Hts wrt Hst Hmt nswt] seer of Horus and Seth, great one of the hetes-scepter, great of praises, king's wife; in situ in G 8172. Also mentioned in the tomb of her steward Khemetnu (owner of G 5210).

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.