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Wednesday, December 8, 1915
day 41

Work on
(1) G 4712 A
(2) G 4714 A
(3) between G 4712 and the G 4714
(4) south of G 4611

(1) G 4712
Pit G 4712 A down about 6 meters. Sand mixed with large stones (refilled after plundering). The original filling appears to have been thrown out over space west of west wall.

(2) G 4714
Pit G 4714 A, down about 7 - 8 meters. Dirty sand and stones. Original filling thrown out over space between G 4714 and G 4712.

(3) Between G 4712 and the G 4714
Removing debris (hard earthy) from space between G 4714 and G 4712.


(4) South of G 4611
Space between south wall of G 4611 and the Great Wall.
The wall was damaged partly before the sand collected and partly during the collection of the sand. The stones are too heavy to have fallen of themselves.


If this suggestion is correct, G 4714 and G 4811 might have been in place but not G 4813 nor outer court of G 4810 to G 5230 when the causeway was built. The reason for carrying the causeway behind G 4920 might have been partly the existence of the street chapel (G 4920) and partly the gradual rise of the ground to the west which made it possible to approach the Great Wall on a higher level behind G 4920.

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  • 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
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 11

People 1

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Author
    • 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.