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microfilm: West diary, begin page 7

January 3, 1913 (continued)

The main force of men began clearing away the drift sand over the section of the cemetery to the northwest of Lepsius 23 [= G 2000], which will be numbered 1500. The only noticeable feature found was a small mud-brick passage originally roofed with a real arch of mud-brick. In cross section the passage is: [ILLUSTRATION]
The molding and arch above was stuccoed and painted a deep red. The passage walls were stuccoed and painted probably a light red, but the color is now pink. A very noticeable feature is that the arch is scalloped to resemble curved logs over the passage, thus: [ILLUSTRATION], molding. The scallops or curves are one-half brick wide.

Saturday, January 4, 1913

Judging from its shape, burial G 2379 is a Dynasty 7 or Dynasty 8 burial, thus being one of the latest pits in our cemetery. Its shape is: [ILLUSTRATION] About 10 meters deep.

The main force of men were moved into the quarry, southeast of the Menkaure Pyramid. Two test-holes were sunk in the center of this quarry to the rock, the distance through the sand being about 3.5 to 4 meters. This done, work was started clearing the north wall of the drifted sand. During the course of this work, nothing was found.

Sunday, January 5, 1913

The men working as yesterday. During the day the following was cleared out:

microfilm: West diary, end page 7


  • 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
    01/03/1913; 01/04/1913; 01/05/1913
  • Mentioned on page
  • Author
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 4

People 2

Ancient People

  • Menkaure

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fifth king of Dynasty 4. Son of Khafre. Husband of Khamerernebti II. Builder of the Third Pyramid at Giza. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Mycerinus.

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.