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Friday, March 25, 1910 (continued)

bases are massive square blocks of alabaster with the tops dressed to form a circular basis. [ILLUSTRATION]

Judge Cator to lunch and to see excavations and statue.

Saturday, March 26, 1910

Beautifully bright day, but wind still blowing at great rate. I do not remember any storm so long continued as this one. It has cost us about two hundred dollars in extra work and is still going.

Work as before. Also started cutting through floors in section south half of fore court (vestibule) and southwest corner of town enclosure. Also started clearing off sand from north half of fore court.

In room of columns, the two bases prophesied on page 35 (indicated by the dots) were found actually in plan. In the doorway leading into inner court (court of niches = I 23) in the debris about 30 cm above floor, two pieces of stone door lintel were found, poor limestone, hieroglyphics in relief. [see photos C2868, C2869]

In the evening attended the reception given by the Iddings to the Roosevelts. Stayed the night at the Elliots.

Sunday, March 27, 1910

Work as yesterday. Many fragments of stone vessels under the houses in southwest corner of town site. Sand going out rapidly on new section.

In the afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Strauss (ambassador at Constantinople) to see the things found, and stayed to dinner. Took them around the pyramids by moonlight.
In the afternoon also General Sir John Maxwell (Commander Army of Occupation) and some officers to see the statue.

Monday, March 28, 1910

Day of rest. Mrs. Reisner and I went to Roosevelt's lecture at the Egyptian University. All the diplomatic corps, prominent foreigners, officers of the University, and the reporters, but not a dozen other natives. The lecture was meant for students.

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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
    03/25/1910; 03/26/1910; 03/27/1910; 03/28/1910
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    General Sir John Maxwell
    Judge Cator
    Mr. Eddings
    Mrs. Eddings
    Mrs. Mary Reisner, American
    Mr. and Mrs. Elliot
    Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Strauss
    President and Mrs. Theodore R. Roosevelt

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 7

Ancient People

  • Menkaure

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fifth king of Dynasty 4. Son of Khafre. Husband of Khamerernebti II. Builder of the Third Pyramid at Giza. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Mycerinus.

Modern People

  • General Sir John Maxwell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Commander Army of Occupation
  • 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.
  • Judge Cator

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

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mrs. Eddings

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mrs. Mary Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American
    • Remarks Wife of Dr. George Reisner, mother of Miss Mary Reisner.

Groups 3