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Monday, November 10, 1913 (continued)

The entire chapel has now been uncovered and in plan is as follows:


1. situation of stela removed in 1912 [slab stela of Meretites MFA 12.1510].
2. probable passage from (a) to (b) the small crosses (x, x, x,) representing the filling between the large stone and mastaba G 4240. This is of rubble, mud plastered.
3. there is a line of plaster on the stone marked (4) which makes it seems as if there was a stone at (3).
5. are the large casing blocks of G 4140. They were apparently put in position after the chapel was built.
6. a low rubble wall.
From these rooms have come many fragments of pottery which had apparently been thrown out of the A shaft in the mastaba. Their occurrence in the limestone chips which came from that shaft makes this certain. The fabrics occurring are:
(1) coarse hand made jars,
(2) brown ware red washed [ILLUSTRATION] rim,
(3) black centered red ware, red washed and pebble polished, the rim being [ILLUSTRATION],
(4) model offering vessels.
In addition to the pottery, there was in the debris a considerable number of stones bearing mason's marks in red pain or in black paint. The following signs occur:
(1) [ILLUSTRATION] (black),
(2) [ILLUSTRATION] (red) on the other side of this stone [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(3) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(4) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(5) [ILLUSTRATION] (black),
(6) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(7) [ILLUSTRATION] (black),
(8) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(9) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(10) [ILLUSTRATION] (black),
(11) [ILLUSTRATION] doubtful (red),
(12) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(13) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(14) [ILLUSTRATION] (black) (red),
(15) [ILLUSTRATION] (in black and then in red over the black),
(16) [ILLUSTRATION] (black) (red),
(17) [ILLUSTRATION] (red),
(18) [ILLUSTRATION] (black),
(19) [ILLUSTRATION] (black),
(20) [ILLUSTRATION] (red)

Tuesday, November, 11

Work begun on the shaft in G 4240.

Wednesday, November 12, 1913

Work of cleaning shaft in G 4240 A continued. By evening about 8 meters of sand having been removed. Above the rock the shaft is cased with large stones on three sides, the fourth side being cased with small blocks. The face of the stones has been dressed but the joints have been carelessly made. The debris is sand in which a few flint nodules occur and also a few chips of

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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
    11/10/1913; 11/11/1913; 11/12/1913
  • Mentioned on page
    Meretites (G 4140)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 4140

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4240

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

Ancient People

  • Meretites (G 4140)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 4140. Limestone slab stela (MFA 12.1510) inscribed for Meretites, identified as [sAt nswt nt Xt=f] king's daughter of his body; found in situ on east face of G 4140.

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.