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Wednesday, April 1, 1914 (continued)

[G 4520 (continued)]
at south.
Work continued looking for pit to north of pit G 4520 but without success.
Work continued clearing sand from street northwest of G 4520.

Thursday, April 2, 1914

G 4520
Work continued in street west of G 4520 in sand debris.
Work continued in pit G 4520 and chamber to south cleared.

Friday, April 3, 1914

G 4520
Work continued in street west of G 4520 exposing hard debris thrown out from G 4420, and some rubble walls.
Pit G 4520 finished, exposing rubble doorway to another chamber toward west. Copper chisel [14-3-63] found in lower part of pit [ILLUSTRATION] (scale 1:1).
Knees of squatting figure in white limestone [14-3-62] found in street west of G 4520.

Saturday, April 4, 1914

G 4520
Work continued to hard debris in street west of G 4520.
Pit G 4520 finished exposing chamber to the west which dropped about 50 cm below the pit bottom. In the chamber in the northeast corner were strewn sixteen models in alabaster [14-4-1, 14-4-2, 14-4-3, 14-4-4, 14-4-5, 14-4-6] [ILLUSTRATION] model pots etc. in ordinary brown ware and five copper pieces [14-4-7, 14-4-8, 14-4-9, 14-4-10, 14-4-11] including one knife blade 13 cm long and 1.7 cm wide. Also a beautifully shaped spouted jar [14-4-13] lay upright in the extreme northeast corner, with dark mud bits in it [ILLUSTRATION]. Two large round bottomed jars [14-4-21, 14-4-22] with dark mud were just below the chamber entrance [ILLUSTRATION]. Running southeast by northwest lay a wooden sarcophagus with cover. Inside the skeleton was laid toward the northwest. A perfect alabaster headrest [14-4-12] was in the sarcophagus at the north end [ILLUSTRATION]. The chamber itself was cut very crudely allowing water and drift debris to fill in, the dampness causing the wooden sarcophagus to be in a dilapidated condition. Also one fragment of a mud seal [14-4-20] found.

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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
    04/01/1914; 04/02/1914; 04/03/1914; 04/04/1914
  • Author
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 4420

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4520

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 1

Modern People

  • Louis Caulton West

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1882–1972
    • Remarks Worked on the MFA-Harvard expedition from 1912-1914 according to the preface of George A. Reisner's, "A History of the Giza Necropolis, Vol I." Harvard graduate, c.1912.