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Wednesday, December 10,1913

Work continued as yesterday.

Thursday, December 11, 1913

Work on street continuing to be cleared (sand and hard debris), showing rubble wall at south end and also small mud-brick rooms and a pit.
Pit No. G 4540 progressing, debris consists of sand and limestone chips with frequent potsherds and one piece of an alabaster bowl.

At 2:30 another limestone portrait head was found (face downwards) of a man, in pit G 4640 together with one flint flake and two almost perfect jars of pottery, and one perfect alabaster bowl - debris same as G 4540.


Friday, December 12, 1913

Work continued as yesterday.
About 10:30 we were notified of another limestone head found in G 4540. When cleared for photography it was clearly seen (by the profile which faced west) to be that of a woman's. It has been very slightly chipped on the end of the nose, otherwise perfect. This makes a total of eight portrait heads found this year.
Another alabaster bowl found in G 4640, together with a flint flake and an alabaster cylindrical cup in place in the bowl.


Sandstorm got so bad at 12:30 that the men stopped work for the afternoon. The following telegram was received from Mr. West [at Kerma]: "Full details yesterday deep temple in Kom around and inside grave while over everything mud-walls as before objects as before eight broken worthless statuettes no need hurry here may I start Kom south of Defufa next. West."

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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
    12/10/1913; 12/11/1913; 12/12/1913
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 4540

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4640

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

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.
  • Louis Caulton West

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.