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Tuesday, March 7, 1939
Day of rest.

Wednesday, March 8, 1939

work on
(1) South of G 2088
(2) South of G 2091

(1) South of G 2088
South of the mastaba. In removing the debris. In exposing the remains of the lining of the mastabas appeared before, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stone. Nothing exposed.

(2) South of G 2091
South of that mastaba. In removing the debris. Search for new mastabas, sand, limestone debris, rubble, stones and pebble. Found in debris: standing limestone statuette headless, and basis missing.
Also two big inscribed stone as we found yesterday inscription in sunk relief (left in place): see photos.
No new mastabas exposed.

cars emptied:
6:30 to 8:30: 140
9:00 to 12:00: 230
1:30 to evening: 240
Total: 610

Thursday, March 9, 1939

work on
(1) South of G 2088
(2) South of G 2092

(1) South of G 2088
South of this mastaba or above the mastaba which is recently appeared, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. The remains lining of the new mastabas not yet exposed.

(2) South of G 2092
South of this mastaba. In removing the debris. In exposing the northeast corner of G 2000, sand, limestone debris, rubble and stones. South of this mastaba appears a street running to west, between it and G 2000. Exposed the northeast corner of G 2000 and we stop working in that street for the time. Found in debris: breast of a seated limestone statuette (without head) with traces of red paint:

cars emptied:
6:30 to 8:30: 120
9:00 to 12:00: 230
1:30 to evening: 240
Total: 590

Friday, March 10, 1939

work on
(1) South of G 2088
(2) South of G 2091

(1) South of G 2088
South of this mastaba. On top of the new appeared mastabas. Search for the remains of the lining, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. Remains of the lining not yet exposed.

(2) South of G 2091
South of this mastaba. In clearing the lining of the new excavated mastabas, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones, and underneath drift sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and red debris. A small crude brick mastaba appeared, but not yet numbered. Also a rubble wall running to south facing to east appeared. It is fixed with the southwest corner of the mastaba.

cars emptied:
6:30 to 8:30: 120
9:00 to 12:00: 190
1:30 to evening: 220
Total: 530

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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
    03/07/1939; 03/08/1939; 03/09/1939; 03/10/1939
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 3

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.