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[Below will be found a summary of excavation during the season now practically closed. This may at some future time be found useful for reference.]

Summary of Excavations in Season 1924 - 5

(1) Street G 7000
Over much of the western half of this street the "Roman" circular crude brick granaries have been cleared away and bare rock exposed. This has revealed the foundation (the rock-emplacements of the foundation of the chapel of Pyramid G I-a, the unfinished rock cutting for the pyramid G I-a as originally planned, and the surface of the native rock as far as the quarry north of G 7000 X. GAR) of Pyramid G I-d and the temples of G I-a and of G I-d also the surface of pit G 7000 X.
Old Kingdom masons' chips remain to the east of temple G I-a and over most of the street to the south. At the south end has been cleared the floor of temple of G I-b and a libation trough opposite. A clearance of bare rock east of the boat of G I-a has revealed scaffold holes in the floor of a perished structure at east of street. This may be a part of temple G I-b. (lever-holes again. GAR).
Between pyramids G I-a and b the small street (Avenue G 1) has been worked in and the important discovery of a Dynasty 4 rock cut pyramid boat made. This still contains the walls of late granaries, which will be cleared later. The north face of G I-b and the east, north and south faces of G I-a have been cleared.
To the east and southeast of G 7000 X are decayed bricks under Old Kingdom construction debris, possibly from temple of G I-d. (There are retaining walls of same date as construction debris - GAR)

(2) Avenue G 0
Three tombs of the greatest importance have been found here. G 7000 X, of the date of Snefru and containing what seems to be an intact royal burial, G 7101 containing fine reliefs and an imposing facade of Dynasty 6, and G 7102 which contains unique and amazingly fresh painted reliefs and rock statues of the same date.
Pits belonging to the upper level and several rock cut tombs have been completely cleared, and the causeway foundation of Khufu has been laid bare. The boat alongside this has been shown to be such, and a pre-Khufu quarry on the site has been mainly swept to rock. The date of quarrying a stone in the causeway has been found.
Several small patches of debris around the mouths of some of these pits can hardly be removed until the record of these pits is complete. No work has been done east of G 7215 N.

(3) Street G 7100
Opposite to G 7100 brick walls and mud flooring still stand on the Old Kingdom construction debris, as also do the stone walls of G 7111 at the east. There are still as great many boulders and roofing slabs lying in this street, but the Dynasty 4 floor is visible over most of its length.

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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
    04/02/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–
  • Mentioned on page
    Khufu
    Snefru

Tombs and Monuments 10

Photos 1

People 3

Ancient People

  • Khufu

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Second king of Dynasty 4, son of Snefru. Builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Cheops. Horus name: [mDdw] Medjedu. Full birth-name: Khnum-Khufu.
  • Snefru

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks First king of Dynasty 4. Father of Khufu.

Modern People

  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1899–
    • Remarks Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, born South Africa, Sivaratri, March 10, 1899. British subject with a Scottish father and an English mother. For a brief period during 1925 he was a staff member of Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, who later joined the Theosophist movement in India. Greenlees received his MA degree in 1922 from Oxford, where he studied Egyptian, Coptic and Arabic. April 2,1925, Greenlees appointed Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at MFA.