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Friday, January 9, 1914

Men did not work all day. Ashur buried in a.m. in cemetery below third pyramid lower temple.

Sandstorm on all day.

Saturday, January 10, 1914

Storm continued all day.

Sand being removed from between G 4540 and G 4530 and street between G 4640 - G 4540 being cleaned up.

[G 4630]
Pit and chamber to G 4630 entirely cleared.

[G 4631]
[G 4631 B]: In pit G 4631 B (between G 4630 and G 4730) at about 10 a.m. a chamber was found opening to the north cut in solid rock. One mud (Userkaf) seal [14-1-34] found; beads; several pieces of gold [14-1-32]; bronze pieces very small;
four tall shoulder jars, two complete and two in fragments
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-45]
one perfect pointed jar
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-47]
one alabaster model table in fragments incomplete
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-44]
seventy-eight alabaster model saucers, vases, jars, etc. and four alabaster saucers found in pit
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-35]
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-36]
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-37]
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-38]
[ILLUSTRATION] [14-1-39]
All these models are complete except one saucer.


Sunday, January 11, 1914

Sand and debris wholly cleared from between G 4630 and G 4540; and G 4530 and G 4640.
Down a small mud pit about 250 cm (between G 4630 and G 4640) a small chamber opened to the east with a skull and bones, the small chamber was southeast by northwest.
Also sand between G 4530 and G 4540 being cleared:


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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
    01/09/1914; 01/10/1914; 01/11/1914
  • Mentioned on page
    Ashur Mohamed Saleek
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 6

  • G 4530

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4540

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4630

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4631

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4640

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4730

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 4

Ancient People

  • Userkaf

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks First king of Dynasty 5. Horus name: [jrjmAat] Irymaat.

Modern People

  • Ashur Mohamed Saleek

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition worker who died (January 1914).
  • 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.
  • 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.