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Diary Transcription:

page 1010

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Sunday, November 3, 1940
Miss Ginger invited Mohammed El Arabi Bey for lunch in our excavations. So I arrange[d] for their lunch and prepare[d] the place in which they can have their lunch. The place was in the Western Cemetery in the chapel of G 2375. After the lunch he went to see the excavations in the Eastern Cemetery.
I (Mohammed Said) invited El Arabi Bey to come for the tea party which I [am] going to [have] on the Mudir's birthday on November 5, 1940.

Tuesday, November 5, 1940
Mahmoud Said arrived from Quft. Today was the Mudir's birthday "74 years." In the afternoon the Mudir and all the members of the staff were invited for tea in Mohammed's house. In that tea party was present: the Mudir (Dr. Reisner), Mr. Frank Allen, Miss Perkins, Miss Ginger, Mr. Floroff, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Boris and Mr. And Mrs. Edward Perkins. Also was present: Sir and Lady Robert Gregg, Baron de Bilo, Mohammed el Arabi Bey, his wife, his son and his daughter, Zaki Eff. Saad Chief Inspector of Antiquities and Nessim Eff. Inspector of the antiquities. The tea party was very good and everybody was very pleased and they all hoping to keep the Mudir for the same day for many years.

Sunday, November 10, 1940
Salem [Salem Hassan] arrived from Quft.

Monday, November 11, 1940
Mustapha left for Quft.

Saturday, November 16, 1940
Guards in cleaning the car's road north and east of L.G. 71.

Sunday, November 17, 1940
Guards in cleaning the car's road north of L.G. 71. Found in debris:
faience amulet of a Bes figure of a woman.
faience amulet of a standing figure, a fox?
faience amulet of a standing figure.

Monday, November 25, 1940
Guards and three boys working in the men's tomb north of the camp, in removing the sand and the debris above the floor to the rock, because of the bad smell in that debris.

Tuesday, November 26, 1940
Day of rest.

Wednesday, November 27, 1940
Guards and three boys in cleaning the debris in the men's tomb north of the camp, because of the bad smell.

Thursday, November 28, 1940
Guards and three boys in cleaning the debris in the tomb north of the camp. The tomb cleared on rock surface and washed it with lime (geer) and we put some clean limestone debris above the geer. We put a wooden door on the door and topped it with wire for air.
We found in the debris middle part of ushabti, inscribed.

Monday, December 2, 1940
Mohammed Said left for Quft to attend a lawsuit (galssa) from the heirs of our dead brother Ahmed [Ahmed Said Ahmed], from one of his wives.

Friday, December 6, 1940
Mohammed Said arrived and the case was dismissed.

Wednesday, December 11, 1940
Guards working east of G 1040 in exposing the lining on east: sand, limestone debris, stones from a road leading to Professor Junker's house. Lining not yet exposed.

Thursday, December 12, 1940
Guards east of G 1040 in exposing the lining on east: sand, rubble and stones. Lining exposed on east. On south appeared an uninscribed niche and below the niche we found an offering stone (uninscribed). Also between this mastaba and the mastaba south of it is a street the same as room but partly destroyed on east. Exposed two shafts A, B, not started in them. Drawing on page 1011.

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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
    11/03/1940 through 12/12/1940
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Mentioned on page
    Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]
    Alexander Floroff
    Baron de Bilo
    Boris Lysenko
    Dorothy Ginger
    Evelyn Esther Perkins, British
    Francis Olcott Allen
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Hermann Junker, German, 1877–1962
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
    Mohammed el Arabi (Bey)
    Mustapha Abu el-Hamd (expedition photographer)
    Nessim (Effendi)
    Nicholas Melnikoff
    Salem Hassan (expedition cook)
    Zaki Youssef Saad (Effendi), Egyptian, 1901–1982
    Mr. and Mrs. Edward Perkins
    Sir and Lady Robert Gregg
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 3

Photos 1

People 19

Modern People

  • Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926), brother of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936-1939) and Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator).
  • Alexander Floroff

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Surveyor for expedition.
  • Baron de Bilo

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Boris Lysenko

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Evening readings to Reisner
  • 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.
  • Hermann Junker

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1877–1962
    • Remarks Egyptologist, Director of German-Austrian expedition to Giza, 1911–1929. Published 12 volumes of final excavation reports from Giza expedition. 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.
  • Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mohammed el Arabi (Bey)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mustapha Abu el-Hamd (expedition photographer)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition photographer.
  • Nessim (Effendi)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Nicholas Melnikoff

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Salem Hassan (expedition cook)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition cook. Father of Mohamed Salem.
  • Zaki Youssef Saad (Effendi)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates Egyptian, 1901–1982
    • Remarks Archaeologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.

Groups 2