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Diary Transcription:

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Saturday, January 1, 1910 (continued)

town - later in date therefore than Dynasty 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding and Mrs. Burnett visited the excavations.

Sunday, January 2, 1910

Clearing fallen bricks in the northern magazines, some thirty small flint knives[end in blue underline] were found in a crack in the side of the door of room no. III 10. Under the southern wall of room no. III 9, which had squashed down of its weight in antiquity, we found a basket-full of fragments of alabaster, slate and other stone vessels[end in blue underline] - a number of which Mrs. Reisner has already fitted into vessels found in 1908.

Monday, January 3, 1910

Day of rest for the men.

Tuesday, January 4, 1910

Clearing sand off northern wall of temple. Rain.

Wednesday, January 5, 1910

Sand storm came up in the night - southwest wind, bitterly cold (42 degrees Fahrenheit). Sand heaviest between 7 a.m. and noon. Work was impossible.

Thursday, January 6, 1910

Storm continued but with less violence. Work resumed.
Clearing room III 11 which was left unfinished in 1908. The top of the north wall of the temple has been cut to pieces by people digging fertilizing materials (sebbakh). More of the late house walls are visible all over this part.

Friday, January 7, 1910

Storm gradually abated but wind continues southwest.
Began clearing a strip of sand of the northwest part of the fore court.
On floor under debris north end of magazine corridor 20, a small green faience inlay piece (a bull, a hieroglyphic sign) and some pieces of stone vessels.
In the north wall next to the north face of the limestone core wall, a hole dug by treasure hunters goes down to solid rock. In this hole, a fragment of alabaster with a finely cut inscription [MFA 11.716c] was found yesterday.

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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
    01/01/1910 through 01/07/1910
  • Mentioned on page
    Mrs. Burnett
    Mrs. Mary Reisner, American
    Menkaure
    Minnakht (in Menkaure Valley Temple)
    Rawer (in Menkaure Valley Temple)
    Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 6

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.
  • Minnakht (in Menkaure Valley Temple)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Name appears on fragment of alabaster stela (MFA 11.716c), identified as [sm(?)] sem-priest; found in Menkaure Valley Temple.
  • Rawer (in Menkaure Valley Temple)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Name appears on two fitting fragments of alabaster stela (MFA 11.716), and fragment of alabaster stela (MFA 11.716c), identified as [sm] sem-priest; found in Menkaure Valley Temple.

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.
  • Mrs. Burnett

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Visitor
  • Mrs. Mary Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American
    • Remarks Wife of Dr. George Reisner, mother of Miss Mary Reisner.

Groups 1