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January 1, 1913 (continued)

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Two other bowls were fallen down on the southeast and southwest respectively. In the extreme southeast corner of the room was a long heap of very fine granular organic decay, a reddish granular powder, probably the remains of some wooden object. This whole corner, underneath the decayed wood, was covered with a thin layer of silt, as if water had stood in the grave. After removing the powder, I supported the eastern side of the coffin, as the coffin seemed to lean to the east, with two thin boards, one at each end, and then proceeded to remove the copper cylindrical jar wedged in between the side of the recess and the coffin. Under it was a sort of censer with a handle, which contained wood. Underneath this, between the coffin and the side of the recess, were several small copper vessels which I was able to fish out with my hand. We then removed the copper vessels, which were behind, i.e. west of the coffin. These apparently had been contained in a large spouted bowl which we found wedged in a tilting position between the jars, Nos. 217 and 219. This bowl contained a large number of miniature vessels, some of which were still inside, some fallen out on the shoulders of the jar No. 217, and some on the floor - about seventy-five pieces. We then proceeded to remove the pots from behind the jar. One of these, with a mud seal, No. 216, had a sealed impression on the jar which bore the cartouche of Pepy I. The other mud seal was illegible. After removing these jars, we gathered up a number of small vessels and copper blades which had fallen down from the large spouted copper bowl mentioned above. We then brought down a large board, which was immediately taken up to the house. Inside the coffin was a skeleton which had been mummified, but the tissues from above the knees down had decayed, only the upper legs and body being preserved. The body had been ori-

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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
  • Author
    Clarence Stanley Fisher, American, 1876–1941

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2381

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 1

Modern People

  • Clarence Stanley Fisher

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1876–1941
    • Remarks Archaeologist and architect. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.