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Monday, June 10, 1940
Guards in cleaning the road in front [of] the rock cut tomb L.G. 71.
I (Mohammed Said) went [to] Cairo and took Hamid Genawi with me and packed eight boxes in Mr. Blanchard's shop.

Tuesday, June 11, 1940
We took down to the Eastern Cemetery seven boxes of Mr. Schacht's library and put them in a chamber east of G 7000 X and east of Qa'ar and Iduw.
Also we took down to the Eastern Cemetery books, negatives, and papers and put them in Meresankh tomb G 7530-40.

Wednesday, June 12, 1940
We took down the Eastern Cemetery sixteen more boxes of Schacht's library and put them with the other seven boxes (see yesterday's [entry]).

Thursday, June 13, 1940
Today we employed three boys to work with the guards in G 7710a.
1) G 7710a: in cleaning the street and the room of that rock cut tomb. That tomb will be for Miss Reisner. It is north of L.G. 71 with the door opened to the east: sand, dirty debris limestone debris and rubble. Found in debris inside the door of the rock cut tomb:
small alabaster dish.
faience object.
faience udjat eye.
The tomb is cleaned and ready.

Also some guards in cleaning the car road between G 7000 X and the rock cut tomb L.G. 71. Road not yet cleaned.
Also in repairing the window of the rock cut north of G 7310.

Friday, June 14, 1940

work on
(1) in the kitchen of G 7710
(2) North of G 7410

(1) G 7710
In cleaning that place to be used as a kitchen when all the Hawagat will be in the Eastern Field. The tomb is cut in the rock with roof whole gone and door opened to north: sand, dirty debris, limestone debris and inscribed stones from the rock cut tomb L.G. 71. Room not yet cleaned.

(2) G 7410
Guards and masons in building a door and a window in the street of the rock cut tomb which is north of that mastaba, beside Khufu Causeway to have it ready for Miss Perkins and Miss Ginger in case of air raids.

Also guards in cleaning the cars roads between G 7000 X and L.G. 71.

Saturday, June 15, 1940

work on
(1) In the kitchen east of G 7710

(1) East of G 7710
In cleaning the kitchen. Cleaned. Mason and guards in leveling the walls of the kitchen and having it ready for the roof.

An iron door has been put on the door of G 7752 for Mr. Blanchard's antiquities.

Sunday, June 16, 1940
Guards and boys in cleaning the cars road east of G 7000 X. Mason and guards in roofing the kitchen. Kitchen now ready.

Monday, June 17, 1940

work on
(1) G 7712
(2) G 7714
(3) East of G 7631

(1) G 7712
In cleaning that rock cut tomb and making ready for staying in it in case of air raids. It is cut in rock opened to east. Cleaned and ready.

(2) G 7714
as G 7712. Cleaned it.

(3) East of G 7631
as G 7712. Cleaned it. And also guards in cleaning car road between G 7000 X and L.G. 71.

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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
    06/10/1940 through 06/17/1940
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Mentioned on page
    Dorothy Ginger
    Evelyn Esther Perkins, British
    Hamid Genawi
    Miss Mary Reisner, American, 1902–1963
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
    Mr. Blanchard
    Mr. Schacht
    Idu (G 7102)
    Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)
    Qar (G 7101)
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 10

Photos 1

People 12

Ancient People

  • Idu (G 7102)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7102. Appears multiple times in tomb decoration (chapel relief, architrave, door jambs, statuary), identified variously as [jmj-r Hwt wrt jmj-r sSw mrt xntj-S mnnfr-ppj Xrj tp nswt] overseer of the great chapel, overseer of scribes of the meret-serfs, palace attendant of (the pyramid-town) Mennefer-Pepi, he who is at the head of the king; in situ in G 7102. Possibly same individual as Idu (in G 7101), son of Qar (owner of G 7101). The relationship between Qar and Idu is difficult to determine; it seems certain that they are father and son, but it is not clear which is which since they each have a son named after the other (i.e. Qar has a son named Idu, Idu has a son named Qar). Qar (G 7101) has a sister named Bendjyt who may be identical to Bendjet, a daughter of Idu (G 7102), in which case Idu would be the father of Qar, but this is not at all certain.
  • 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).
  • Qar (G 7101)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7101. Appears multiple times in tomb decoration (chapel relief, architrave, door jambs, pillar), identified variously as [jmj-r kAt nbt xntj-S mnnfr-mrjjra Xrj tp nswt sS a nswt xft-Hr mAa] overseer of all works, palace attendant of (the pyramid-town) Mennefer-Meryre (Pepi I), he who is at the head of the king, true royal document scribe in the presence; in situ in G 7102. Possibly same individual as Qar (in G 7102), son of Idu (owner of G 7102). The relationship between Qar and Idu is difficult to determine; it seems certain that they are father and son, but it is not clear which is which since they each have a son named after the other (i.e. Qar has a son named Idu, Idu has a son named Qar). Qar (G 7101) has a sister named Bendjyt who may be identical to Bendjet, a daughter of Idu (G 7102), in which case Idu would be the father of Qar, but this is not at all certain.

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
  • Hamid Genawi

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Guard at Giza (from Quft).
  • 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 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 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.
  • Mr. Blanchard

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Reisner had a tomb with iron door prepared in 1940 for Mr. Blanchard's antiquities. The role of Mr. Blanchard is not mentioned, but he is perhaps the antiquities dealer of the same name who was based in Cairo. This is perhaps the same Mr. Blanchard who is mentioned in H. Lyman Story's diary, Jan.-Feb. 1915.
  • Mr. Schacht

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates