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Diary Transcription:

page 793

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Monday, April 24, 1939

work on
(1) East of G 2239c
(2) top of G 2240

(1) East of G 2239c
East of that mastaba, in exposing the lining of this mastaba and the remains of the new mastabas, sand, limestone debris, stones and pebble. East of this mastaba appear new other stone mastabas, but not numbered yet.

(2) G 2240
[On top of the mastaba.] In exposing the remains of the lining of this mastaba and the shafts, sand, limestone debris and rubble. Exposed one shaft, room and a serdab, all not lettered yet and not started with them. Rest of shafts and lining on north and east not yet exposed.

cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 70
8:30 to 12:00: 180
2:30 to evening: 140
Total 390

Tuesday, April 25, 1939
Day of rest.

Wednesday, April 26, 1939

work on
(1) East of G 2239
(2) top and east of G 2240, room a, b, and serdab

(1) East of G 2239
East of this mastaba or east of room b of G 2239. In removing debris, to expose new mastabas in that place, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. A stone mastaba appeared but not numbered yet.

(2) G 2240
[On top of the mastaba.] In exposing the room and the rest of shafts, sand, a, b. Also exposed another shaft and lettered them A, B, but not started in them.
East of G 2240: In exposing the lining on east, sand, limestone debris, and rubble. Found in debris east of the mastaba: headless weathered squatting statue of a man (num. limestone). Exposed the lining on east and north.

G 2240 a: In the room. It is a stone room, decorated and inscribed on gypsum. Above the gypsum is a red paint. Some of the inscriptions and the decorations [are] in relief. Partly destroyed on north, south and west. On west two stelae, the southern one is the big one, inscribed in gypsum with traces of red paint, the northern one is smaller, and uninscribed. Door opened to east, into room b. It is east of A and west of room b and south of the serdab, sand and limestone debris.
Found in debris: inscribed fragments in relief and plaster from the room (left in place). Cleared on a mud floor on a limestone floor.

G 2240 b: In the room, a stone room, uninscribed, facing to east. It is east of room a. Two uninscribed pillars in the room and east of the two pillars is a big stone, perhaps thrown from above the two pillars (as a roofing stone), inscribed in sunk relief and broken, sand, limestone debris and rubble. Cleared on rock. Found empty.

G 2240 serdab: A stone serdab, roof gone. North of room a, sand, limestone debris and rubble. Cleared on a limestone debris floor. Drawing of the mastaba on page 794.

cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 80
8:30 to 12:00: 180
2:30 to evening: 165
Total: 425

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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
    04/24/1939; 04/25/1939; 04/26/1939
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 2239

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2240

    • 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.