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microfilm: West diary, begin page 2

December 29 (continued)

It should be noticed that the west wall of G 2501 and G 2507 are parallel to the east face of Lepsius 23 [= G 2000]. G 2507 is apparently built against G 2506, which is not parallel to the face of the big mastaba.

On the northeast corner of mastaba G 2175, we found the red lines (mason's marks) shown below:

Monday, December 30, 1912

Day of rest for the majority of the men.
The rest complete the task of opening G 2381 A. The last two stones to be removed measure respectively 138 by 80 by 82 and 110 by 82 by 85. The burial is an undisturbed one of Dynasty 6, with a great mass of copper utensils (bowls, plates, tables, etc) lying in confusion between the coffin and the entrance. Close to the entrance (a on the sketch) is a thin layer of debris which has drifted down the shaft, and some copper drills and blades which apparently have been tossed in from the door. The coffin is large, and is set in a depression in the floor. The coffin is of wood and appears to be intact, except that part of the north wall has fallen out from natural decay. The cover is of three slabs held together by cleats (on under side) which are fastened to boards by ties. The tie-holes, which were pegged

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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
    12/29/1912; 12/30/1912
  • Author
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 2175

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2381

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2501

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2506

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2507

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 1

Modern People

  • Louis Caulton West

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1882–1972
    • Remarks Worked on the MFA-Harvard expedition from 1912-1914 according to the preface of George A. Reisner's, "A History of the Giza Necropolis, Vol I." Harvard graduate, c.1912.