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Friday, February 6, 1925 (continued)

(4) G 7510
The digging yesterday and today has now settled the ownership of this largest of our mastabas. The Count Ankhaf, who married the eldest daughter of Khufu, Hetepheres. A small party has now been sent to explore the mastaba for a pit immediately behind the stela of this princess.

(5) G 7631
The men are now engaged in clearing the northeastern cover of this mastaba and in emptying pit A. Here they have reached the depth of 7.30 meters with robbers' debris there and many inscribed ushabtis of blue glaze and small hieroglyphs incised have been found [GLYPHS] [Psamtik]. These are probably of Ptolemaic date. A little above this level are the entrances of four chambers, all opened by earlier robbers. The southeastern corner of the mastaba is being left temporarily unexcavated.

The men lent to Dr. Borchardt are now clearing the central portions of the east and south faces of the Great Pyramid. On the south they have already laid bare about 150 cm of casing block. Herr Rusch came out today to inspect this work and he was shown around most of our excavations.

This morning Sharif Pasha Sabry, brother of the Queen of Egypt, visited the works and was shown round. He brought several friends with him. After receiving permission from Reisner leave was given to representatives of the Arabic Press to take photographs in the excavations, not for publication in Europe.

Saturday, February 7, 1925
89th day of work

Quftis: 85
Locals: 125
[total]: 210

Cars emptied:
Line VII 6:45 am - 8:00 am: 64, 8:30 am - noon: 211, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm: 200
total 475

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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
    02/06/1925; 02/07/1925
  • Mentioned on page
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Herr Rusch
    Ludwig Borchardt, German, 1863–1938
    Sharif Sabry (Pasha)
    Ankh-haf (G 7510)
    Hetepheres (in G 7510)
    Khufu
    Psamtik (in G 7631)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 7510

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery
  • G 7631

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery

Photos 1

People 9

Ancient People

  • Ankh-haf (G 7510)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7510. Husband of Hetepheres.
  • Hetepheres (in G 7510)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Wife of Ank-haf (owner of G 7510) and eldest daughter of Snefru and Hetepheres I. North false door inscribed for Hetepheres; in situ in G 7510, interior chapel.
  • Khufu

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Second king of Dynasty 4, son of Snefru. Builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Cheops. Horus name: [mDdw] Medjedu. Full birth-name: Khnum-Khufu.
  • Psamtik (in G 7631)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Scattered set of ushabtis inscribed for Psamtik. Two sets of inscribed ushabtis of Psamtik, son of Ikhetpure, born of Iset, have been attributed to two different "original" loci (based on provenances for the scattered ushabtis; however, both sets are identical (style and inscription); see ushabti concordance 25-2-236 (attributed to G 7631 A) and ushabti concordance 29-11-274 (attributed to G 7757 A).

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • Herr Rusch

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • 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).
  • Sharif Sabry (Pasha)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Brother of Queen Nazli Sabri Fouad of Egypt.
  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1899–
    • Remarks Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, born South Africa, Sivaratri, March 10, 1899. British subject with a Scottish father and an English mother. For a brief period during 1925 he was a staff member of Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, who later joined the Theosophist movement in India. Greenlees received his MA degree in 1922 from Oxford, where he studied Egyptian, Coptic and Arabic. April 2,1925, Greenlees appointed Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at MFA.