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Friday, April 8, 1910

Cooler, wind from north.

Work on valley temple. Fragments of another slate triad in northeast quarter court of niches.
Cutting into east wall of court of niches an extended burial on back, hands on pelvis, head west.
Northeast corner of temple washed away.

Saturday, April 9, 1910

Work as yesterday.

Cold raw north wind.

Discussed advisability of exploratory work at Zawiet-el-Aryan. Said Ahmed believes that owing to our reputation for knowing where things are, if we begin there this year we would have to guard the place, otherwise the Arabs would dig it out. It will I think be better to reserve Zawiet until the fall.

Sunday, April 10, 1910

Very cold raw north wind.
Men employed transporting railway, equipment etc. and stacking west of house.

Monday, April 11, 1910

Work on valley temple all morning.

Paid off the men in the afternoon and sent Said with forty-two men to Girga by night express, to work Mesaid. Rest of men kept here to finish cleaning up, etc.
Engaged Mr. Roberts professional photographer to do pictures of new pair, etc.

Tuesday, April 12, 1910

All hands removing mud block from corridor doorways at valley temple. The puzzling wall south of the room of columns is now clear.

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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
    04/08/1910; 04/09/1910; 04/10/1910; 04/11/1910; 04/12/1910
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Mr. Roberts
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 4

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

  • 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.
  • Mr. Roberts

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Professional photographer for Menkaure pair statue
  • Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1908–1926. In his "A History of the Giza Necropolis I," George A Reisner described Said Ahmed Said as "the most gifted foreman who ever worked for the expedition." Father of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936–1939), Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator), Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.