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Monday, March 28, 1910 (continued)

To us who see only evil for the peasantry, for commerce and for archaeology in the success of the present nationalist movement and understand the utter unfitness of its leaders for government, the lecture appeared to be a courageous revelation of the truth, combined with honest advice, and given with the manifest good will. It has been well received by the moderate afternoon papers (Arabic) which give a full report. It may do good. In any case it will certainly strengthen the hands of the English officials in the present deplorable condition of affairs, and weaken the support the nationalists receive from the British government.

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Tuesday, March 29, 1910

Room of columns cleared. All rooms south end vestibule cleared to yellow foundation packing. Everywhere low walls (ca. 10-30 cm height) remains of older rooms.
Very curious alabaster jar [MFA 11.454] [ILLUSTRATION] height ca. 15 cm in fragments, part in sub 354, and one piece in room of columns (379).
The fragments of a door lintel found in doorway (west) of 377, from the top piece of a door or a false door with the common offering formula.
[ILLUSTRATION with GLYPHS] [see photos C2868 and C2869]
This comes from the tomb of a man named Iar(u) (or Ir-r(w) or Ir-l(w)), which appears to me to be late in date. It may be that this stone belongs to the tomb shaft which was uncovered today in the NW corner of the room of columns.

Wednesday, March 30, 1910

Work going on removing sand and cutting out debris behind as before - working north.
An examination of the east wall of room of columns revealed what appears to be a doorway leading east. The stone ramp which crosses the court of niches stops in the doorway leading into the room of columns from the court.

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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
    03/28/1910; 03/29/1910; 03/30/1910
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Ireru[...] (in Menkaure Valley Temple)

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 3

Ancient People

  • Ireru[...] (in Menkaure Valley Temple)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fragmentary lintel inscribed for Ireru[...], identified as [rx nswt] royal acquaintance; found in Menkaure Valley Temple, west doorway of III 377 (antechamber/vestibule), originally from above chapel entrance doorway or false door of unidentified tomb (appears to be late in date, perhaps from Pepi II).
  • Menkaure

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fifth king of Dynasty 4. Son of Khafre. Husband of Khamerernebti II. Builder of the Third Pyramid at Giza. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Mycerinus.

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.