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Diary Transcription:

page 743

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Friday, January 13, 1939

work on
(1) G 2097c

(1) East of G 2097c
East of the mastaba and north of G 2091 (GAR). Search for new mastabas, sand, limestone debris, rubble, dirty debris and pebble. A new big stone mastaba appeared in that place and we numbered it G 2098. Exposed the lining of that mastaba on west, and the rest of the lining not yet exposed.

Saturday, January 14, 1939

work on
(1) G 2098

(1) G 2098
On top of mastaba. Search for the remains of lining of the mastaba and the shafts, sand, limestone debris, rubble and pebble. Rest of lining and shafts not yet exposed.

Sunday, January 15, 1939

work on
(1) G 2098

(1) G 2098
On top of mastaba, on south. Search for the remains of lining and shafts, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and big stones. A partly destroyed stone room appeared on southeast. The room is inscribed on plaster and with traces of red, yellow, green and black paint over the plaster. On the west wall on north is an inscribed stela in relief. Also in the room is an inscribed pillared in relief. The pillared is inscribed on three sides, south, west, and east. On north there is no inscription. The room opened to east. Found in room debris: fragments of inscribed plaster with traces of red paint, a big stone inscribed and with traces of red and yellow paint. The plaster fragments and the big stone left for drawing and photo. The room not yet cleared. East of the room is a street and east of the street is another new mastaba number G 2099. The remains of the lining of G 2098 not yet exposed on east and north and on south the lining of the mastaba is continued with G 2089.

Monday, January 16, 1939

work on
(1) G 2098
(2) G 2099

(1) G 2098
On top of mastaba. Search for the remains of the lining and the shafts, sand, limestone debris, rubble and pebble. Exposed seven shafts in the mastaba, A, B, C, D, E, F, G and room a. Exposed all the lining. It is north of G 2089, east of G 2097 c and west of G 2099. Drawing of the mastaba on page 744.

(2) G 2099
On top of mastaba. In removing the debris. Search for the lining of the mastaba, sand, limestone debris, rubble and stones. Lining not exposed on east, north and west, but on south it continue with G 2088.

Tuesday, January 17, 1939
Day of rest.

Only the Mudir ordered Ahmed Eff. to go and fix some plaster fragments in room a of G 2098, and he was working all day in it.

Wednesday, January 18, 1939

work on
(1) G 2098 a
(2) G 2099

(1) G 2098
G 2098 a: W.S. Smith and F.O. Allen working in the room in fetching the fallen fragments the fallen fragments of plaster which were fallen from the walls of the chapel. Also Ahmed Eff. in fixing some of plaster fragments on the walls of the room. Removed to the camp some of the plaster fragments.

(2) G 2099
On top of the mastaba. In exposing the rest of the lining of the mastaba and the shafts, sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble, big stones. Exposed some shafts.

Thursday, January 19, 1939

work on
(1) G 2098 a
(2) G 2099

(1) G 2098
G 2098 a: F.O. Allen working in the room in picking out the plaster fragments from the debris of the room. Room not yet cleared.

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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
    01/13/1939 through 01/19/1939
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Mentioned on page
    Ahmed Yusef Mustapha (Effendi)
    Francis Olcott Allen
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    William Stevenson Smith, American, 1907–1969
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 2097

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2097c

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2098

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2099

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 6

Modern People

  • Ahmed Yusef Mustapha (Effendi)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Chief restorer of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities at the Cairo Museum. Restorer of Hetepheres' furniture and Khufu's boat.
  • Francis Olcott Allen

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Archaeologist/Egyptologist for the Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. 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.
  • William Stevenson Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1907–1969
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.