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Saturday, December 4, 1915 (continued)

[G 3008 (continued)]
each figure.
N.B. saw the mud brick vault (no. 3) with interlocking bricks [ILLUSTRATION].

Sunday, December 5, 1915
day 39

Work on
(1) G 4715 pits A and B
(2) G 4714 top and pit A
(3) G 4811 pit B
(4) front of G 4611 (G 4613)

(1) G 4715
In G 4715 A was found the front part of the basis (and toes of one foot) of a statuette [15-12-13] of hard yellow limestone (in two pieces). This was a separate piece pegged on the main piece [ILLUSTRATION]. In G 4715 was found fragments of several bowl (R.P. [red polished?] ware, recurved rims [ILLUSTRATION]) [15-12-17, 15-12-18], some faded faience cylinder beads [15-12-16], some gold leaf [15-12-15], and a mud sealing with seal impression [15-12-19].
"House of User-en-Ra" supposed by Bochardt (User-en-Ra [Niuserre] page____) to be the pyramid temple of U. See also Vyse and Perring "Pyramids of Giza" III page 17 plate.


This is undoubtedly the impression of the seal of an official of the pyramid of User-en-Ra [Niuserre]. The structure in which the pit occurs is not earlier than the complex G 4810 and this in turn is later than the causeway to G 5230 (i.e. later than G 5230)


(2) G 4714
Work continued on top of G 4714, beginning pit A to the northeast of O, a stone faced pit.

(3) G 4811
Pit G 4811 B built against the north face of G 4714, was cleared. The chamber is to the east with its long axis north and south. In the chamber, still in place, were the following: a fluted column and basis of an alabaster head rest [15-12-20] (possibly not the same one) [ILLUSTRATION], four limestone canopic jars, alabaster models [15-12-21], pottery models and fragments of wood. The coffin had been opened at the north

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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
    12/04/1915; 12/05/1915
  • Mentioned on page
    John Shae Perring, British, 1813–1869
    Ludwig Borchardt, German, 1863–1938
    Richard William Howard Vyse, British, 1784–1853
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 9

People 5

Ancient People

  • Niuserre

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks King of Dynasty 5.

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.
  • John Shae Perring

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1813–1869
    • Remarks Civil engineer. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Ludwig Borchardt

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1863–1938
    • Remarks Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology. (1863-1938) German Egyptologist; he was bom in Berlin, 5 Oct. 1863, son of Herman B. and Bertha Levin; he trained as an architect at the Technische Hochschule, 1883-7; he assisted in the Egyptian section of Berlin Museum 1887-8; between 1890 and 1897 he was in charge of building works at Konigsberg; Doctor hon. c. 1897; he studied Egyptology under Erman (q.v.) and first visited Egypt in 1895, working at Philae under Capt. Lyons(q.v.); following de Morgan's great project to catalogue the standing monuments of Egypt ,he inaugurated a less grandiose scheme in conjunction with Maspero (q.v.) for the great (Catalogue Général of Cairo Museum; he became attaché to the German Consulate in Cairo; Borchardt founded and directed the German Institute of Archaeology, 1907-28, on his retirement, he founded his own institute which later became the Swiss Institute; he also contributed a great many texts and much useful information to the Berlin Dictionary; using methods partly derived from Dorpfeld he excavated the sun temple of King Nyuserre at Abu Gurab, 1898-1901, and the pyramids of Abusir; he also excavated and established reconstructions of Amarna houses, 1913-14; Borchardt was the first person to make an intensive study of Egyptian architecture as a subject on its own; he also discovered the workshop of the sculptor Thutmose at Amarna and enriched Berlin Museum with many fine objects from this excavation; another interest of his was chronology; he was a member of the German Arch. Institute, 1898, and a bibliography of his writings, 214 nos., was issued in 1933 to celebrate his 70th birthday; he published, Die aegyptischen,.-, Pflanzensaule1897; Denkmaeler des Alten Reiches (ausser den Statuen) im Museum von Kairo, pt. 1, Cat. Gén., 1901; Das Re- Heiligtum des Konigs Ne-woser-re (Rathures), pt. 1, Der Bau, 1905; Zur Baugeschichte des Amonstempels von Karnak, 1905; Nilmesser und Nilstandsmarken, 1906; Das Grabenkmal des Konigs Ne-user-rec , 1907; Works of Art from the Egyptian Museum at Cairo. With explanations by L. Borchardt, 1908; Das Grabenkmal des Koenig Nefer-ir-ke3-rec, 1909; Das Grabdenkmal des Konigs S'a3hu-rec, 3pts, 1910, 1913; Statuen und Statuetten von Koenigen und Privatleuten im Museum von Kairo, Cat. Gén., 1911-36; Die Annalen und die zeitliche Festlegung des Alten Reiches der Aegyptischen Geschichte, 1917; Quellen und Forschungen zur Zeitbestimmung der Aegyptischen Geschichte, 3pts. 1917, 1935, 1938; Die Altaegyptische Zeitmessung 1920; altaegyptische Festungen an der zweiten Nilschnelle, 1923; Portraets der Koenigin Nofret-ete aus den Grabungen 1912/13 in Tell el-Amarna, 1923; Agypten. Landschaft, Volksleben, Baukunst, with H Ricke, 1930; Allerhand Kleinigkeiten ... zu seinem 70. Geburtstage am 3. Oktober 1933, 1933 Beitraege zur Aegyptischen Bauforschung und Altertumskunde, with Ricke, 1937; Die Entstehung des Generalkatalogs und seine Entwicklung in den Jahren 1897-1899, 1937; Aegyptische Tempel mit Umgang, 1938; he died in Paris, 12 Aug. 1938, and was buried in Cairo. ASAE 39 (1939), 43-7 (portr.) U. Leibovitch); Chron. d .Eg. 14 (1939), 141-3 U. Capart) JEA 24 (1938), 248 (G. Steindorff); NDB 2, 455 (H. Ricke).
  • Richard William Howard Vyse

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1784–1853
    • Remarks Army officer, excavator, author and benefactor; Drew up plans of Zawiet el-Aryan in 1837. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.