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Monday, January 8, 1912

there is an ample field for work. This area is to the northwest of Lepsius 23 (G 2000) and just west of the long dump of former Hearst expedition.

Tuesday, January 9, 1912

This morning I had Reis Said move the men over to the new site, while I went in to town to see if any answer to my cablegram had arrived from Reisner. They are to leave the railway as it is until the change is definitely settled. No message having come by mid-afternoon I returned to camp...Wrote to the museum expressing my surprise that M. Schiaparelli had neglected to notify Dr. Reisner of his change of plans. The men have come upon the faces of a mastaba [= G 1501] of stone and several groups of crude brick lined pits. Sand storm all day. Men stopped at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 1912

Wrote to American Consul General about illegal digging at Girga sites and to Mr. Macnaughten same. Requested interview with Mr. Knabenshuhe, the acting consul, which he granted for Thursday. Wrote to museum for renewal of concession at Girga in case anything should turn up needing official action or in case excavation would be begun there shortly. A great deal of sebbakh digging, most certainly as a cloak for "antika" searching, has been done in our absence the past six months. I believe our best plan would be to finish up our excavations there and

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Details

  • 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
    01/08/1912; 01/09/1912; 01/10/1912
  • Author
    Clarence Stanley Fisher, American, 1876–1941
  • Mentioned on page
    Mr. Macnaughten
    Paul Knabenshue
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 1501

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2000

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 4

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.
  • Mr. Macnaughten

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Paul Knabenshue

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Acting consul
  • Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1908–1926. In his "A History of the Giza Necropolis I," George A Reisner described Said Ahmed Said as "the most gifted foreman who ever worked for the expedition." Father of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936–1939), Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator), Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.