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[Fisher's Report]
Tuesday, December 31, 1912

[G 2381 A]
Went to the works at ten o'clock. After taking various photographs, West and I proceeded to draw a plan of the objects. To take them up, we first cleared the heap of debris in front of the door, and found in that a number of other objects which had not been visible before, mostly drills, chisels and knife blades, and a bowl of about 12 cm diameter, also a few bones of a bird. The work of photography was delayed by the difficulty of reflecting the sunlight into the south end of the grave, as we were forced to throw it past the camera. We had to resort, therefore, to flashlight pictures, but found that so much powder was required for the chamber that our supply was soon exhausted, and we had to send into Cairo for more. As a result, it was not until after sunset that we were able to begin moving the main mass of objects. This main mass was surrounded on all sides by remains of a wooden box. Some of the larger pieces, however, seem to have been outside this box, notably the jar with cup covering the mouth, which stood at the northeast corner of the box. The chisels, drill-points and axe-head models which lay between this deposit and the door seem almost to have been thrown in from the door, though it is possible that they were on top of the box, or on top of the vessels in the box, and were so scattered in this direction when the box fell apart. The bones, on the other hand, appear to have been placed in order along the east wall. The pottery likewise appears to have been in the box, and to have been broken by the fall when the box fell apart from natural decay. The box in which the bronze vessels were, had boards about 6 mm (at present); the corners were beveled, pegged through slits with wooden pegs at the top of the side and overlap. The sides themselves were composed of

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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
  • Mentioned on page
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2381

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

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.
  • 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.