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Tuesday, February 17, 1914 (continued)


1. Serdab in G 4733
2. where fragments of alabaster were found.

Wednesday, February 18, 1914

Street north of G 4820 finished finding a few more alabaster fragments of statuettes two pits found; one with a sloping passage to a stoned-up doorway about 6 meters down and the other a simple burial about 1 meter deep.
Outside room of G 4733 between G 4820 and G 4830, cleared of sand finding an arm of one of the statuettes (alabaster) and another sloping passage towards the west, where just sand was being removed.
Worked a little on sand east of G 4730 and about 3 meters down pit G 4830 where a very huge boulder was uncovered.

Men quit work about 4:30 on account of heavy rain.


Thursday, February 19, 1914

Sloping passage G 4733 A towards west finished and very crude cut chamber cleared of all debris. The south surface of the chamber was partly masonry and the sarcophagus was made of masonry on the west side of the chamber.
Work continued on pit G 4830 and on sand east and northeast of G 4300.

Friday, February 20, 1914

Pit G 4830 being continued reaching the top of the chamber door opening to the south at 10.5 meters.
Sand east and northeast of G 4730, and debris from west side of G 4831 being cleared.

Saturday, February 21, 1914

Pit G 4830 finished, not finding any potsherd whatsoever.
West side of G 4831 finished and street between G 4730 and G 4740 cleared for photo as well as northeast of G 4730. Worked also on sand and hard debris east of G 4730.

Sunday, February 22, 1914

Rained in early morning and looked bad for all day, so the men took the day off instead of tomorrow.

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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
    02/17/1914; 02/18/1914; 02/19/1914; 02/20/1914; 02/21/1914; 02/22/1914
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 7

  • G 4730

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4733

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4740

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4820

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4830

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4831

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • Street G 4300

    • 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.
  • Louis Caulton West

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1882–1972
    • Remarks Worked on the MFA-Harvard expedition from 1912-1914 according to the preface of George A. Reisner's, "A History of the Giza Necropolis, Vol I." Harvard graduate, c.1912.