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Wednesday, February 7, 1940 (continued)

(2) West of G 2428
West of that mastaba, searching for new mastaba and shafts in that place. Limestone debris, red debris and rubble. Exposed a new stone mastaba numbered G 2437.

(3) G 2435
G 2435 A: Removed the chamber blocking. One stone, mud and rubble from the blocking. east-west coffin cut in rock, but only on east one stone is built also on west. In the coffin is a skeleton, head on west, facing up. Left for photo.

G 2435 B: Removed the chamber blocking. It is built of rubble and bound with mud and above that is a plaster bounding. Roofed with slabs. Stone, rubble and mud from the blocking. In the chamber is a skeleton, head on north facing east to south, on the bones is fragment of mud as pilaster. Left for photo.

(4) G 2436
Margin Note: G 2436 - walls.
In the mastaba in exposing the remains of the lining on west and the shafts. Limestone debris and red debris. Exposed all the lining of that mastaba. It is built of crude brick only on west is a stone course below the crude brick. It is north of G 2428 and west of G 2435. We exposed before three shafts and today we exposed two more, lettered A, B, C [= formerly G 2428 U], X, Y, but not started with them. Drawing of the mastaba will be on page 886.

(5) G 2437
Margin Note: G 2437 - walls.
In the mastaba. It is a small stone mastaba. West of G 2428, south of G 2439 a and east of G 2438. On the east side is an uninscribed stele, fallen but in place. Limestone debris mixed with red debris and rubble. Exposed two shafts in the mastaba, A, B, but not started with them; Drawing of G 2436, G 2437, G 2439, and G 2439 a on page 886.

(6) East of G 2438
Margin Note: granite debris.
East of this mastaba, searching for mastabas and shafts in that place. Limestone debris mixed with red debris, small fragments of granite and rubble. Before we exposed four shafts east of that mastaba and today we exposed all the shafts in that place. The shafts we exposed today is of two small mastabas, G 2439 and G 2439a.

(7) G 2439
Margin Note: G 2439 - walls.
It was a stone mastaba, because we found the remains of the building on south (three stones) and two stones on east. It is east of G 2438, north of G 2439a and west of G 2436. Contains of five shafts, A, B, C, D, X, but not started with them.

(8) G 2439a
Margin Note: G 2439a - walls.
It is a wholly destroyed mastaba. We are not certain whether it is built of crude brick or stones. It is north of G 2437, south of G 2439 and west of G 2436 and east of G 2438. Contains of four shafts, A, B, C, D, not started with them.

Thursday, February 8, 1940

Work on:
(1) north of G 2402a, b
(2) south of G 2440

(1) North of G 2402a, G 2402b
North of these mastabas, east of G 2401. Searching for new mastabas and shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, stones and underneath that are limestone debris mixed with red debris and rubble. Nothing exposed in that place.

(2) South of G 2440
South of this mastaba and west of G 2400. In removing the old dump. Searching for new mastabas and shafts in that place. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, dirty debris, and stones. Nothing exposed in that place.

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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
    02/07/1940; 02/08/1940
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 9

  • G 2400

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2401

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2402

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2428

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2435

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2436

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2437

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2438

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2440

    • 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.