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Monday, March 11, 1912

letter from H.L. Wilson, Acting President American Institute of Archaeology.

Tuesday, March, 12, 1912

G 2130. Finished pit. A small quantity of sand had run into thieves hole in door block. The chamber was heaped with stones and dirt. The walls are cased with black granite and limestone. Ordered chamber cleared.

In front of G 2190, found the chamber of a mastaba G 2191 built against the unnumbered mastaba, G 2300 [= G 5190] in front (on the east).

Bad wind from northeast all day.

Wednesday, March 13, 1912

Said Ahmed returned to Girga. The new cemetery found by sebbakeem above the sagiah of Sheikh Nasir is Roman-Coptic in date. The cemetery between Maseed and Mesheikh is pre-dynastic. The cemetery above Mesheikh is Middle Kingdom. Said took a very good Middle Kingdom coffin with wrapped mummy to our house at Naga-ed-Deir. This Middle Kingdom cemetery is worth excavating.

G 2130. Chamber cleared. Stone coffin broken. A few scattered bones. Casing intact except one stone in southeast corner of pavement. Tombs of this date often had a concealed hole in floor containing magical head. The next

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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
    03/11/1912; 03/12/1912; 03/13/1912
  • Mentioned on page
    Mr. H. L. Wilson
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 2130

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2191

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5090

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5190

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 3

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.
  • Mr. H. L. Wilson

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Acting President American Institute of Archaeology
  • 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.