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Thursday, November 6, 1913 (continued)

Men at work clearing the street east of G 4140. In front of the southern half of this mastaba the mud-brick chapel was discovered. The walls have fallen in making a mound from 3/4 to 1 meter in height. Above this a layer of limestone rubbish thrown out of pits, and then came drifted sand to present surface. In front of the stela [slabe stela of Meretites MFA 12.1510] which was removed two years ago a room was found which is apparently filled with stone chips. There having been no mud above to fall in. The wall of G 4140 shows no stain from mud walls above the present level of the debris, but the west wall of G 4240 had mud stains: [ILLUSTRATION].
The mud debris has been left intact today only the debris above being removed.

Friday, November 7, 1913

Work of cleaning the street east of G 4140 continued. The mud stained debris below the sand was removed and the following mud-brick chapel disclosed:


1. situation of stela removed in 1912 [slab stela of Meretites MFA 12.1510].
2. the outer casing blocks of the mastaba (unfinished)
3. the passage from room (A) to room (B) a stair.
4. wall of large blocks of stone. Northern wall of B.

Cross section on line c - d. The floor being mud plastered. [ILLUSTRATION]
Cross section on line e - f. [ILLUSTRATION]
The mud stained debris is very largely composed of stone chips and some pottery sherds. In the debris were found two small fragments of the base of a seated limestone figure of a man, front part of statuette found November 5. In addition a few model offering dishes of pottery were found.

Saturday, November 8, 1913

Day of rest for the men, the occasion being the Kurban Bairam.

Sunday, November 9, 1913

Day of rest for the men, the occasion being the Kurban Bairam.

Monday, November 10, 1913

The men continued work clearing out the street east of G 4140.

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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
    11/06/1913; 11/07/1913; 11/08/1913; 11/09/1913
  • Mentioned on page
    Meretites (G 4140)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 4140

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4240

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

Ancient People

  • Meretites (G 4140)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 4140. Limestone slab stela (MFA 12.1510) inscribed for Meretites, identified as [sAt nswt nt Xt=f] king's daughter of his body; found in situ on east face of G 4140.

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.