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Sunday, December 13, 1914 (continued)

into the excavations. There must have been ten thousand (10,000) on the pyramid plateau.
But the excavation could not be continued and no appreciable progress was made during the morning except plain dirt lifting.

Monday, December 14, 1914
Day of rest for the men.

Fine weather - yesterday and today.

The lowest layer of the floor of offering room G 5110 was thick with fragments of alabaster statues of Khafre. The sand for a meter above this was very hard packed. The upper part of the hard-packed sand was fire blackened. From this room the alabaster fragments lay scattered in all directions, as far as the edge of the terrace east of G 5230, but the chief deposit outside the room of G 5110 was at the northeast corner of mastaba G 5110. Southwards between G 5110 and G 5210 the ground is not yet excavated.
The room of G 5110 has been partially destroyed by the quarrymen who took the casing. Before the room was removed, they saw at x the hole into the serdab [ILLUSTRATION]. The limestone was weakened by a fire built against the face of the wall and the serdab hole enlarged, but not enough to permit entrance. The roof was removed before the statues were got out. The sand in the serdab was fire blackened, hard packed and contained fragments of alabaster statues and of limestone reliefs. This damage was not recent. I would assign it to the period of Arabic plundering (about 1200 A.D.) at the latest. The reliefs so far as indicated and preserved are all offering scenes. The name of the owner is [GLYPHS] [Duaenre]. The reliefs on south end of east wall are

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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
    12/13/1914; 12/14/1914
  • Mentioned on page
    Duaenre (G 5110)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 5110

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5210

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5230

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

Ancient People

  • Duaenre (G 5110)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 5110. Appears in chapel relief (west, south, east, and north walls [only lower legs and feet preserved in situ on west, east, and north walls], and chapel entrance north and south door jambs), and displaced fragment of lintel (MFA 34.1465), identified as [sA nswt n Xt=f jrj(-pat) HAtj-a tAjtj sS mDAt-nTr r nxn r p nb] king's son of his body, hereditary (prince), count, vizier, scribe of the divine book, mouth of Nekhen, mouth of every Butite; in situ in G 5110. Uninscribed sarcohpagus of Duaenre (Turin S.1838, Turin S.1839); Schiaparelli excavations. Possibly same individual as Duare (in G 3098b) and/or Duaenre (in G 8172).

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.