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Tuesday, January 12, 1915 (continued)

Two Roman Catholic chaplains A.I.F. (one from 11th, one from 2nd Battalion) to see the excavations. They say about one-fourth of the force are Roman Catholic Irish.

Wednesday, January 13, 1915
day 58

Work on
(1) space between G 5110 and massive wall
(2) Mud brick chapel of G 4940
(3) Space between G 4940 and G 4930
(4) Northern mud brick chapel of G 4930
(5) Pit G 5030 B
(6) Pit G 4930 B

(1) G 5110
Between G 5110 and massive wall clearing stone thieves' trench alongside G 5110 and sand from above hard debris alongside massive wall.

(2) G 4940
Mud brick chapel of G 4940.


E was the old entrance, but when the intervening mastaba between G 5030 and G 5040 was built E was closed and plastered on inside and E2 to the north became the principle entrance. It is to be noted that the mastaba of Seshem-nefer (ser); Peh-n-Ptah [Pehenptah], etc. (sons of Seshem-nefer) all lie to the north. Rooms A, B, C were filled with limestone debris and mud. The upper parts of the walls had been destroyed by weather and the ruins of the rooms were marked by a weathered surface of decay. In the debris were a few potsherds, in A and B generally; but in B near the doorway to C a hole in the floor was filled with model pots and saucers. The southern part of Room C was also heaped with model pots and saucers. As to the construction, the outlines of the bricks in the walls at present undistinguishable. The walls inside are plastered with mud and pinkish

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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
    01/12/1915; 01/13/1915
  • Mentioned on page
    Pehenptah (G 5280)
    Seshemnefer [I] (G 4940)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 4930

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4940

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5030

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5040

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5110

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 3

Ancient People

  • Pehenptah (G 5280)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 5280. False door inscribed for Pehenptah; found in situ in G 5280. Limestone drum lintel (39-9-2) inscribed for Pehenptah, identified as [rx nswt sS a n nswt] royal acquaintance, royal document scribe; found displaced in G 5280. Limestone standing statue (12-10-2 = Cairo JE 44609) inscribed for Pehenptah and limestone standing pair statue (12-10-3 = KHM Vienna ÄS 7502) inscribed for Pehenptah and his mother Amendjefaes; both found in G 5280 serdab. Shattered triad statue (12-10-4 = MFA 13.4330 triad + 12-10-4 = MFA 13.4358 fragment of female figure + 12-11-22 = MFA 13.3160 fragment of male figure proper right) of Pehenptah and his mother Amendjefaes; found in G 5280 serdab with some fragments from outside serdab. Son of Seshemnefer [I] (owner of G 4940). Appears in chapel relief, west wall (between false doors, north end, lower register, second figure from left); in situ in G 4940.
  • Seshemnefer [I] (G 4940)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 4940. North and south false doors inscribed for Seshemnefer; also appears in chapel relief (north, west, east, and south walls), identified as [rx nswt Xrj-tp nswt Hwt Hr-xpr xt HA Hm-nTr Hqt Hm-nTr Hr THnw qA-a sAb aD-mr wr mDw Sma Hrj-sStA jmj-r kAt nt nswt jmj-r sSw Xr-a nswt Hrj-wDbw m Hwt-anx jmj-r stj-DfAw smr Hm-nTr jnpw xrp aH] royal acquaintance, royal chamberlain of the funerary temple of Horkheper (Djedefre), khet-priest of Ha, priest of Heqet, priest of Horus of Libya, elevated of arm, judge and administrator, great one of the tens of Upper Egypt, secretary, overseer of royal works, overseer of scribes of the royal portfolios, master of reversion-offerings in the Mansion of Life, overseer of the two places of provisions, companion, priest of Anubis, director of the palace; in situ in G 4940.

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.