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Thursday, March 28, 1912 (continued)

G 2220.


Received telegram from Girga from guards asking immediate help in guarding Mesheikh. Will send Said and sixteen men tomorrow to begin work. Rowe will follow in a few days. If the preliminary work shows interesting results, I will go there with full force.
I hear that Petrie has applied for Dahshur. This is bad news. I shall be obliged to apply prematurely and we will all be refused.

Friday, March 29, 1912

Clearing face of G 2220.

Said and fourteen men (making total of seventeen at Girga) left for Girga on the 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30, 1912

Finished clearing face of G 2220 without finding any northern niche.
Begun work on space north of G 2192.
Began work on face of G 2210.

Gang now at work here, sixty-four men exclusive of guards and servants and photographic boys.

Sunday, March 31, 1912

Rowe left on morning train (8:30) for Girga with Hamza Mahmud, Abdel-Hady, Mohammedani,

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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
    03/28/1912; 03/29/1912; 03/30/1912; 03/31/1912
  • Mentioned on page
    Hamza Mahmud
    Louis Earle Rowe, American
    Mohammedani Ibrahim
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
    Sir William Flinders Petrie, British, 1853–1942
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 2192

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2210

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2220

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 7

Modern People

  • Abdel-Hady

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • 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.
  • Hamza Mahmud

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Louis Earle Rowe

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American
    • Remarks Docent at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, beginning 1907; then Assistant in the Egyptian Department, 1910-1912. Field Assistant on Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Expedition in 1912. Director of RISD, 1912-1937.
  • Mohammedani Ibrahim

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition photographer.
  • 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.
  • Sir William Flinders Petrie

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1853–1942
    • Remarks Father of British Egyptology.