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Saturday, January 9, 1915 (continued)


(3) G 4940
Work on G 4940 chamber. Debris largely limestone pieces. In the debris three fragments of limestone (ornamental false door in relief). A male skull (probably that of the white head), and a basket full of potsherds. The potsherds are the same types as in the Khafre cemetery, including two-handled foreign jar, imitation Keneh ware jar, red polished basins and bowls with recurved rims (one with a spout).

Sunday, January 10, 1915
day 56

(1) G 5110
Work on clearing street between G 5110 and massive wall.


Just opposite the southwest corner of G 5110 the northern side of the massive wall is badly decayed, forming a slope of rotten yellow limestone debris strewn with blocks and fragments of harder limestone. This decayed mass covers the living floor of G 5110 and also that of G 5010. It took place previous to the deposit of drift sand.

(2) G 4930
Work on G 4930 B.

(3) G 4940
Work on G 4940 B and A. Shaft B and chamber finished.

Wind from south, but fine clear weather.

Mr. Edgar called to talk over the guarding of Tell el-Amarna.

Monday, January 11, 1915

Day of rest for men.

Letter to Mr. Farnall regarding Tanis and answer. In the afternoon Mr. Arnold brought out Commander Courtney of the Christmas Ship "Jason". A few tons of Christmas presents

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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
    01/09/1915; 01/10/1915; 01/11/1915
  • Mentioned on page
    Campbell Cowan Edgar, British, 1870–1938
    Commander Courtney (Christmas Ship Jason)
    Mr. H. Farnall
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 4930

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4940

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5010

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5110

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 5

Ancient People

  • Khafre

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fourth king of Dynasty 4. Son of Khufu. Builder of the Second Pyramid at Giza and probably of the Great Sphinx as well. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Khephren. A number of diorite and greywacke statues and statue fragments depicting the king have been discovered in Khafre's valley temple, including Cairo CG 9-17. The fragmentary head of an alabaster royal statue (MFA 21.351 + MFA 33.1113) is attributed to Khafre.

Modern People

  • Campbell Cowan Edgar

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1870–1938
    • Remarks Egyptologist and Greek scholar; Acting Director General of the Department of Antiquities. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Commander Courtney (Christmas Ship Jason)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Christmas Ship Jason
  • 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.
  • Mr. H. Farnall

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Represented the Ministry of Finance on the Comite d'archaeologie