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Sunday, January 24, 1915 (continued)

(3) G 5131
G 5131. Cut into filling and traced the retaining walls of the causeway (south of G 5020) running still eastwards and slightly north.

Monday, January 25, 1915

Day of rest for men.

Tuesday, January 26, 1915

Work on
(1) pits of G 5131
(2) Street north of G 5120 and east of G 5131
(3) building enclosing wall on east of dumps along west side of pyramid I

(1) G 5131
Pits G 5131 gravelly debris.

(2) G 5110, G 5131
North of G 5110 and east of G 5131 hard packed debris. In this fragments of painted limestone block (three large and a basket of small), part left arm and shoulder of alabaster statuette.

Wednesday, January 27, 1915

Reisner with Fisher and Mrs. Reisner, Miss. Reisner and Miss. Merkel left for Kerma.
The work at the pyramids was turned over to Fisher for Penn. Museum and Story was placed in charge. The site assigned was northwest of and adjoining excavations (Hearst Expedition 1904-1905).

Tuesday, April 6, 1915

Reisner, Mrs. Reisner, Mary, Miss. Merkel arrived from Der-el-Busteh at 9:30 p.m. at pyramids.

Friday, April 16, 1915

Unpacking and repairing Kerma pottery. Attending to correspondence. Did Fisher's inscriptions. Worked on Sebaste props.

Saturday, April 17, 1915 to Saturday, May 29, 1915

Unpacking, repairing and photographing Kerma pottery. Worked on Sebaste props. On April 29 received telegram from Story (Bersheh) informing me that they had found an important tomb. On May 1 went to el Bersheh, (see el Bersheh Diary). Returned to Cairo on May 3.
Story returned to Cairo on May 18 as he expected to return to America on 21st, but Italian steamers loss cancelled all sailings Naples to America. Found Greek steamer sailing June 7 Athens to New York. Stayed on and worked on Bersheh Object Register. At Bersheh, Said took over the final packing and clearing.
Said found another tomb near 10A and on May 25, Story went to Bersheh, returning to Cairo on May 27.

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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
    01/24/1915 through 05/29/1915
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Auguste Merkel
    Clarence Stanley Fisher, American, 1876–1941
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Miss Mary Reisner, American, 1902–1963
    Mr. H. Lyman Story
    Mrs. Mary Reisner, American
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 4

Photos 1

People 8

Modern People

  • Auguste Merkel

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks German governess for Miss Mary Reisner
  • Clarence Stanley Fisher

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1876–1941
    • Remarks Archaeologist and architect. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • 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.
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • Miss Mary Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1902–1963
    • Remarks Daughter of George and Mary Reisner
  • Mr. H. Lyman Story

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

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