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Sunday, January 26, 1913 (continued)

[G 2374]
[G 2374 A]: At G 2374 A removed back wall and emptied several meters of pit. Found two fragments fine relief in back wall.

Monday, January 27, 1913

Owing to press of work all hands were employed today on G 2374 A and GQ 137 [MQ 137 = MQ 1].
Beside statuette found lower left corner of basis with foot (small fragment missing). Hand not found. Another pit found in southeast corner. Rooms clear at sunset.

[G 2374]
[G 2374 A]: Pit G 2374 A was finished and proved never to have been used. At about 6 meters from top rock appeared in corner and steps cut in rock [ILLUSTRATION]. But these led down merely to a rock wall.

Tuesday, January 28, 1913

[Menkaure quarry cemetery]
Finished GQ 137 A [MQ 137 = MQ 1 A]. Granite sarcophagus uninscribed in chamber. Found in shaft a copper bowl: [ILLUSTRATION] (diameter about 12 cm) and more fragments of the same alabaster table mentioned in page above. Continued clearing west face of mastaba toward south.

Thursday, January 30, 1913

[Menkaure quarry cemetery]
Continued clearing GQ 137 B [MQ 137 = MQ 1 B] and face. In B some flint flakes.

Self engaged in preparation for departure.

January 31 to February 3, 1913

[Menkaure quarry cemetery]
Men were put to clearing back sand in middle of quarry.

On February 2 sent off men who spent night in village and went on next day to Shellal for Sudan. [in green u]See Sudan Diary [in green end u].

Tuesday, February 4, 1913

I myself [in green u]left on February 4th for Sudan [in green end u]. The rest of the men continued working on sand in quarry until February ____ when they went up to Girga leaving twenty men on guard and working on packing of bones.

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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
    01/26/1913 through 02/04/1913
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 2374

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • MQ 1

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery
  • Menkaure Quarry

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry 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 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.