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Diary Transcription:

page 784

microfilm: begin page 784

Sunday, April 16, 1939

work on
(1) South and east of G 2231
(2) East of G 2232
(3) East and south of G 2233

(1) South and east of G 2231
South of that mastaba to expose the foundation, drift sand. Foundation on south not yet exposed. East of this mastaba appears the lining of a big stone mastaba, and between this mastaba and G 2231 is a street running from north to south. Nothing exposed.

(2) East of G 2232
[East of the mastaba.] Exposed the lining of the mastaba excavated yesterday. East of that mastaba which is unnumbered yet another mastaba also not numbered, until we expose the whole lining of the mastaba.

(3) East and south of G 2233
[East and south of the mastaba.] Exposed the rest of the lining of the mastaba, which is south of G 2233, but it is not numbered. East of that unnumbered mastaba appears two other mastabas also not numbered.

cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 120
8:30 to 12:00: 250
2:30 to evening: 230
Total: 600

Today was the cocktail party for the exhibition of paintings painted by Mr. J.L. Smith. Guests were 280 including Egyptians: Nokrashi Pasha the minister of interior and Sir Miles Lampson were in that party.
The cars were 113, the weather was very fine and all the arrangements were good.

Monday, April 17, 1939

work on
(1) South of G 2231

(1) South of G 2231
In exposing the rest of the foundation of the mastaba on south, drift sand. Exposed on south in the lining of the mastaba, traces of hieroglyphic signs in sunk relief. Lining on south cleared.

cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 105
8:30 to 12:00: 255
2:30 to evening: 240
Total: 600

Tuesday, April 18, 1939
Day of rest.

Mahmoud Sayed Ahmed arrived from Quft by the morning train.

Wednesday, April 19, 1939

work on
(1) East of G 2231
(2) East of G 2232
(3) East and south of G 2233

(1) East of G 2231
Today we put the number G 2240 for the mastaba which was excavated east of G 2231.

(2) East of G 2232
Today we put the number G 2237 for the mastaba which was excavated east of G 2232.

(3) East and south of G 2233
Exposed the remains of the lining of the mastabas which was excavated east of G 2233 and numbered them, G 2241, G 2242. Also we numbered the mastaba which is south of that mastaba, G 2238.
Also east of G 2238 appears two mastabas G 2239 and G 2239a. Drawing of all these mastabas on page 785.

cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 105
8:30 to 12:00: 250
2:30 to evening: 230
Total: 585

microfilm: end page 784

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
    04/16/1939; 04/17/1939; 04/18/1939; 04/19/1939
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Mentioned on page
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Nokrashi (Pasha)
    Sir Miles Lampson
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 6

  • G 2230+2231

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2232

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2233

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2238

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2241

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2242

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 5

Modern People

  • Joseph Lindon Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1863–1950
    • Remarks Artist /expedition painter and copyist; Daughters Rachael and Frances also painted. 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.
  • 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.
  • Nokrashi (Pasha)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Minister of Interior
  • Sir Miles Lampson

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks The High Commissioner