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Tuesday, December 22, 1914

Work on
(1) sand between G 5110 and G 5210 including south of G 5110
(2) G 5210 corner and pit
(3) G 5220 pit D and southeast corner
(4) G 5223 A
(5) pit 4

No developments of note.

Met Edgar at Sir M.M.'s office and arranged to see him at 11:30. Edgar and I went to Museum, talk matter over with Quibell. We then returned to P. Works at 11:45 and saw Sir M.M. at noon. The concessions have been annulled. Sir M.M. said it was useless to try to keep them for the Germans or for Germans to ever receive any favors from Britain. He asked me if that declaration made any difference to my point of view. I said it did and that I would apply for Tell Amarna. Note that I agreed with Edgar in Quibell's presence to make all arrangements about guards at all our sites subject to Edgar's approval. I ordered Said Ahmed to instruct the guards to make their complaints direct to Tewfik Effendi the Egyptian local inspector.

Wednesday, December 23, 1914

Saw Edgar off on 8:30 train for Assuit. Send Said Ahmed with him. Afterwards called on Daressy, apologized for not having been able to discuss the matter with him before and explained our plans and proposals. Having Giza and Bersheh, I wish to apply for Tell Amarna which adjoins Bersheh on the south. Tannat which belongs to Amarna I have no intention of working but will resign it at the request of the Service at any time. As for Bersheh, Bersheh and Amarna together supply us with sites of the two periods we have not been able to work - Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom. I would like therefore to have the joint site, but if the Committee decide otherwise, I would, of course, accept their decision without question. He told me to send in my application. In the evening I wrote out the application (dated December 24) and ordered Mohammed-ani to deliver it tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

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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
    12/22/1914; 12/23/1914
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Campbell Cowan Edgar, British, 1870–1938
    Georges Daressy, French, 1864–1938
    James Edward Quibell, British, 1867–1935
    Mohammedani Ibrahim
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
    Sir Murdock Macdonald
    Tewfik Boulos (Effendi)

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 5110

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5210

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5220

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5223

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 8

Modern People

  • Campbell Cowan Edgar

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1870–1938
    • Remarks Egyptologist and Greek scholar; Acting Director General of the Department of Antiquities. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • 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.
  • Georges Daressy

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates French, 1864–1938
    • Remarks Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • James Edward Quibell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1867–1935
    • Remarks Egyptologist; husband of Annie Abernethie. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mohammedani Ibrahim

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition photographer.
  • Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1908–1926. In his "A History of the Giza Necropolis I," George A Reisner described Said Ahmed Said as "the most gifted foreman who ever worked for the expedition." Father of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936–1939), Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator), Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.
  • Sir Murdock Macdonald

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Tewfik Boulos (Effendi)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Antiquities inspector. After 1924, Chief Inspector of the Department of Antiquities in Egypt.