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Diary Transcription:

page 874

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Saturday, January 13, 1940 (continued)

(7) G 5242
G 5242 A: Removed the body from the chamber and cleared it. We are not certain if the skeleton of a man or a woman, because the bones are very decayed (from the rain water). Empty. Drawing.

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(8) G 5243
G 5243 C: Removed the body from the chamber. The skeleton is of a man. Also removed the pottery bowl, which was beside the body on west. Drawing.

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Sunday, January 14, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2436

(1) G 2436
On top of the mastaba. In removed the old dumps. In exposing the remains of the lining. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, stones, dirty debris and potsherds. Remains of lining not yet exposed.

Monday, January 15, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2436

(1) G 2436
On top of the mastaba. In exposing the remains of the linings and the shafts. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, stones, potsherds and dirty debris. Exposed two shafts. Not yet numbered and not yet started with them. Remains of lining and shafts not yet exposed.

Tuesday, January 16, 1940
Day of rest.

Wednesday, January 17, 1940

Work on:
(1) west of G 2428

(1) West of G 2428
West of that mastaba, in removing the old dumps. Searching for new mastabas and new shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, stones, dirty debris and potsherds. Found in debris: limestone fragment inscribed in relief (showing legs and feet of a statuette). Limestone fragment in relief (part of a sign, letter), nummulitic limestone fragment inscribed (show a chicken in relief), nummulitic limestone fragment inscribed (showing a sign in sunk relief), nummulitic limestone fragment inscribed (showing horizontal? vertical? lines in relief). Sketch of the stones of page 875. No new mastabas or shafts appeared in that place.
Preparing a railway line running from east to west, started from west on top of G 2421 and G 2428 running to east in the excavations.

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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
    01/13/1940; 01/14/1940; 01/15/1940; 01/16/1940; 01/17/1940
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 2421

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2428

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2436

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5242

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5243

    • 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.