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Friday, December 25, 1914

Christmas Day.

Work on
(1) south end of G 5110
(2) pit A of G 5210
(3) serdabs of G 5220
(4) pit A of G 5223
(5) pit B of G 4940

(2) G 5210
Reached chamber of G 5210 A, pit filled with sand to bottom.

(3) G 5220
Serdab 3 is emptied, contained sand and limestone debris. Serdab 5 sand and stones.

No developments.

No news from the front.

Saturday, December 26, 1914

Work as yesterday.
Late in afternoon shifted from (1) to south of G 5210.

G 5223
Pit A of G 5223 finished. No chamber - never used. N.B. fragments of royal alabaster statues in filled high up (3 meters) and again near bottom.

G 5220
In west serdab (no. 4) in G 5220 a skull, a wooden head rest and some pieces of wood.

No war news of importance.

Said returned from Meklawi.

Sunday, December 27, 1914

Work on
(1) sand etc. south of G 5210
(2) pit A (chamber) of G 5210
(3) G 5220
(4) pit B G 4940 and in street south of G 4940
[(5)] in street east of G 5040

No developments except in G 5220 where a circular rubble lined pit was discovered just north of pit B [ILLUSTRATION].
This is certainly a treasure hunters' pit and of the Arab period (1200 - 1400 A.D.)

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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
    12/25/1914; 12/26/1914; 12/27/1914
  • Mentioned on page
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 6

  • G 4940

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5040

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5110

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5210

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5220

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5223

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

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.
  • 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.