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Friday, January 1, 1915 (continued)

(4) G 4820
Working in street before G 4820.


(5) G 4940
Pit A in G 4940 is now between 17 and 18 meters deep and no sign of chamber.

Quibell brought the Aga Khan and a companion to tea. At first sight, he is a most unprepossessing looking person, but a long conversation revealed a most remarkable mind. After tea, I went down with them to the Sphinx and had and long conversation on Egyptian history with His Highness. I was impressed with the deep-thinking humane spirit of the man, his interest in human things, in the great questions of life. In my interest in our talk, I am afraid I failed somewhat in the outward forms of respect one owes to a man of his position, but this feeling only came to me afterwards.

Saturday, January 2, 1915

Work as yesterday.
The debris in front of G 4820 proved to be the foundation of the floor of a later mastaba.


This debris was thrown out here over the walls of G 4820 chapel and over the decayed mud brick wall of G 4930. Then G 4813 was built on the debris.

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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
    01/01/1915; 01/02/1915
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    James Edward Quibell, British, 1867–1935
    Sultan Mohammed Shah

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 4813

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4820

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4930

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4940

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 3

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.
  • 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.
  • Sultan Mohammed Shah

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismaili sect of Shiite Muslims. Became Aga Khan III in 1885. Died in 1957 after a 72-year reign.