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Wednesday, January 10, 1912 (continued)

Reis Said and I went over to this area, which is just beyond the great dump west of which we are working today. These are the large mastabas with beautifully finished masonry, but buried under a great depth of debris. I decided that, as we had lost so much time by our changes in work and as our new area had been begun so auspiciously with the fine seated pair. I would continue where we are until Dr. Reisner arrived. In the short time left before his arrival we can I feel sure make a better showing in the group of small mastabas, although they are later in date and of poorer quality than those near Lepsius 23. Many people came up today from Mena house to see the works (Wakelings, Miss Blunt, Postmanns).
Splendid working day and the men are very contented and working well.

Thursday, January 11, 1912

Called upon acting Consul General and with Mr. Balrose talked over the Girga affairs. At their suggestion I wrote a rather hot letter to the Mamur of Girga (cf. 1912/10-12) requesting him to authorize our guards to use their weapons to protect the property of the expedition etc. I requested an answer in a week, failing which the Consulate will take the

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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
    01/10/1912; 01/11/1912
  • Author
    Clarence Stanley Fisher, American, 1876–1941
  • Mentioned on page
    Mamur of Girga
    Miss Blunt
    Mr. Balrose
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
    Dr. and Mrs. Wakeling
    Mr. and Mrs. Postmann

Tombs and Monuments 1

People 5

Modern People

  • Clarence Stanley Fisher

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1876–1941
    • Remarks Archaeologist and architect. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mamur of Girga

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Miss Blunt

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Visitor
  • Mr. Balrose

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Consulate
  • Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1908–1926. In his "A History of the Giza Necropolis I," George A Reisner described Said Ahmed Said as "the most gifted foreman who ever worked for the expedition." Father of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936–1939), Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator), Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.

Groups 2