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Sunday, November 16, 1913 (continued)

[G 4240 (continued)]
of a sarcophagus of Mokattam limestone; a small fragment from the neck of a portrait head; a block of limestone roughly cut to resemble a fat peanut: [ILLUSTRATION] and about 40 cm in length. The large alabaster bowl was found in the debris under the head recovered yesterday. Many fragments of mud seals were found (twenty of fair size). None of these apparently bore seal impressions and none came from jars, though the impression left by strings are common.

(Fisher left on 6 p.m. train for America).

Monday, November 17, 1913

Day of rest for men.

Tuesday, November 18, 1913

Mr. Wellcome came at sunset and stayed to dinner. J.L. Smith came to lunch.

Men at work in chamber of G 4240. Finished at sunset. Cubicle in floor on southeast corner. Chamber not lined. Cracks in rock cemented. The pit descends 120 cm below door. Apparently the intention was to make the pit still deeper but they came on bedrock and cut in 120 cm above it where the rock was better.

Refas left for Quft.

Wednesday, November 19, 1913

West left for Kerma on the 8 p.m. train. Gave him lists of stores, equipment, gangs and instructions for travelling and work. Gave him 20 L (pounds) for travelling expenses and 100 L (pounds) for wages, etc., at Kerma.

Men on sand around G 4240.

Joseph Lindon Smith came about 5 p.m. to stay to paint the Yasen [Iasen] tomb (G 2196) and undertook also to do the male head from G 4140.

Thursday, November 20, 1913

Began work clearing the pit in G 4440. Clean sand.

Friday, November 21, 1913

Men working the Khufu's cemetery mastaba No. G 4440. One reis, five men in pit, three on sand and two sitting on edge of pit emptying pulley baskets. The debris consists of clear sand only. No potsherds to be seen. The pit (a) now being cleared has reached a depth of 8 or 9 meters and a small hole (b) dug by us to show filling is about 1 meter deep.
There are four rows of masonry showing on the west (mastaba G 4440) of the core, four on the north, two on the

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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
  • Display Page Dates
    11/16/1913; 11/17/1913; 11/18/1913; 11/19/1913; 11/20/1913; 11/21/1913
  • Mentioned on page
    Clarence Stanley Fisher, American, 1876–1941
    H. W. Wellcome
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972
    Iasen (G 2196)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 4240

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4440

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 6

Ancient People

  • Iasen (G 2196)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 2196. Architectural elements: chapel outer entrance lintel inscribed for Iasen, identified as [jmj-r sjs xntjw-S pr-aA (jmj-r) Hrjw-a a nw nswt wab nswt sHD wabw xntj-S Hrj-sStA Hm-nTr xwfw] overseer of six palace attendants of the Great House, overseer of the authorisations of the royal decrees, royal wab-priest, inspector of wab-priests, palace attendant, secretary, priest of Khufu; drum lintel and south door jamb (name of male figure not preserved on north door jamb) inscribed for Iasen, identified as [sHD wabw xntj-S Hrj-sStA Hm-nTr xwfw rx nswt] inspector of wab-priests, palace attendant, secretary, priest of Khufu, royal acquaintance; chapel inner entrance door jambs uninscribed; also appears in chapel relief (north, south, east, and west walls) and rock-cut statue (west wall); in situ in G 2196.

Modern People

  • 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.
  • H. W. Wellcome

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Sudan Expedition
  • Joseph Lindon Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1863–1950
    • Remarks Artist /expedition painter and copyist; Daughters Rachael and Frances also painted. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Louis Caulton West

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.