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Thursday, January 1, 1914

First three hours of day used in taking sand from between G 4640 and G 4530. Remainder of day mud and sand debris from between G 4630 and G 4730, exposing six pits two of which were finished; and an inscribed offering niche composed of four white limestone stones, and an alabaster foundation. All in good condition, one guard placed here. Also one round stone pillar foundation in south room about 30 cm wide.

Friday, January 2, 1914

Two more pits exposed between G 4730 and G 4630, total eight. Street finished with exception of two pits.
Street between G 4630 and G 4530 started, and also pit No. G 4630, just sand from both places.

Saturday, January 3, 1914

Work continued as yesterday.

[G 4630]
A number of mouse bones found in sand debris from pit No. G 4630.

New causeway laid and debris (sand) started to be taken away from between G 4420 and G 4320. [ILLUSTRATION] Here the sand is shoveled right into the carts from the street, five men filling one cart in one minute.

Sunday, January 4, 1914

Work as yesterday until 11:30 then men taken from between G 4420 and G 4329, and put to work on sand between G 4630 and G 4530. This street was finished at the south end exposing only one rubble stone wall. One broach in two pieces and one small bead found between G 4630 and G 4730 (G 4631 A).

[ILLUSTRATION] (scale 1:1)

Both are bluish-green.

[G 4630]
In pit G 4630 the top of the entrance to the chamber on the south was reached at a depth of about 10 meters. Many potsherds found.

Monday, January 5, 1914
Men's day off.

Photos (C) taken of skulls from G 4740-G 4640 here.

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Details

  • 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
    01/01/1914; 01/02/1914; 01/03/1914; 01/04/1914; 01/05/1914
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 7

  • G 4320

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4420

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4530

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4630

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4631

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4640

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4730

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

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.