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Tuesday, January 4, 1916
day 64

Rain in the night. Had men up watching for leaks in the magazines. No damage.
Work on street east of G 4310 until afternoon.
Rain began again about 1 p.m. and finally I stopped work and set the men to repairing roofs etc.

Our government is disgustingly quiet on the "Persia" outrage.

Wednesday, January 5, 1916
day 65

Work on
(1) street east of G 4310 and southwards (G 4311) until 10 a.m.
(2) and at 10 a.m. set men to removing sand in street north of G 4340 dumping it into G 4340 A

At 3 p.m. came Miss Gertrude Bell and the High Commissioner (Sir Henry MacMahon). Went over works. Came up to camp to tea and saw records etc.
Discussed "Demolition of German house deposition of records with "Cairo Museum, division of antiquities".
Miss Bell said "she had private information that the American ambassador at Berlin had rendered no assistance worth of mention to the British prisoners in Germany." Probably she would change her mind if she realize what their condition would otherwise have been.

Last day of work. Men leaving tomorrow.

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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
    01/04/1916; 01/05/1916
  • Mentioned on page
    Gertrude Bell
    Sir Henry MacMahon
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 4310

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4311

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4340

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • WWI

    • Site Name Other

Photos 1

People 3

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.
  • Gertrude Bell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Visitor, author, traveler through Middle East
  • Sir Henry MacMahon

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks British High Commissioner