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Friday, November 6, 1914 (continued)

of the western wall and filled in with stones.


The walls are badly broken in places.

Saturday, November 7, 1914

West of the walls is a bed of drift sand broken near the top with a layer of decayed limestone debris. [ILLUSTRATION] In this sand were two burials side by side - a child (on its left side extended, head south) and a woman (on her back extended, head south, hands crossed on breast, right hand over left). The organic decay suggested mummifications and these bodies seems to belong to the same series of Roman burials as those found in the Wady (north), in the Menkaure Quarry, in the Menkaure temple and elsewhere - i.e. about 1st century A.D.

A railway line was also laid between Lepsius 43 (G 5210) and 44 (G 5110), cutting through the old railroad embankment built by Professor Schiaparelli. This line is being carried in towards the north dumping out south and is intended to clear the street up to Lepsius 40 (G 5230). When we have reached Lepsius 40 (G 5230), we shall work back south clearing to floor.

This day came Mr. Homer Cary and Mr. Watt and took cinematograph pictures of works, etc.
In the evening Murray came to dinner and brought various news. He has been out on a survey trip to southern Sinai and incidentally helping watch the Turkish frontier. He tells me the whole desert has been evacuated by the British. They have blown up all the wells except a salt well and are waiting for the Turks on the Canal line. There were twelve Germans including an officer with

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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
    11/06/1914; 11/07/1914
  • Mentioned on page
    Ernesto Schiaparelli, Italian, 1856–1928
    Homer Cary
    Mr. Murray
    Mr. Watt
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 4

People 5

Modern People

  • Ernesto Schiaparelli

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates Italian, 1856–1928
    • Remarks Turin University; Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • 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.
  • Homer Cary

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mr. Murray

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Nubian dictionary
  • Mr. Watt

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates