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Friday, March 18, 1910 (continued)

uncertainty of excavations, which I ever heard of. The part which according to all previous experience I supposed was the temple and made the basis of my calculations is only about a third of the part already excavated; and yet the temple precincts appear to run on indefinitely to the east. If the temple proper ends as assumed on page 33, we have one of the pyramid cities in front (perhaps "The City of the glory of Khufu").

Brushing the floor of the queen's temple for photography, the men found a small pot sunk in the floor of the niche room. In this were five small alabaster saucers inscribed on the top of the rim with the name [GLYPHS] = "the Prince Ka-y" [MFA 11.691, MFA 11.692, MFA 11.695, MFA 11.714, MFA 11.715]. [ILLUSTRATION]. There was also a tiny slate (?) napf.

Saturday, March 19, 1910

Work going on forward as yesterday. Many of the fragments of stone vessels fit on vessels found in the western magazines. Such wide spread scattering can only be due to plundering.

Sunday, March 20, 1910

Clearing sand and working out mud debris behind as before. In room I 361, a [in red and blue underline] seal cylinder [end in red and blue underline] [MFA 11.958].

In the evening, dined with the Lowell-Putnams's at the Savoy.

Monday, March 21, 1910

Visit to Quibells at Saqqara to see excavations, etc.

Tuesday, March 22, 1910

Returned at noon from Saqqara.
Work as before. Storm came up about 3 p.m. wind and rain. Stopped work at 3:15.
Roofs held well.

Sir Eldon and Lady Gorst came to see the statue and the excavations. Came up in the rain and stayed about an hour.

Wednesday, March 23, 1910

Work as before. Sand storm all day but men held on.

Dinner with the Philpotts at Mena.

Thursday, March 24, 1910

Storm continues.

Sir Cameron Gull to see statue.

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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
    03/18/1910; 03/19/1910; 03/20/1910; 03/21/1910; 03/22/1910; 03/23/1910
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Annie Abernethie Quibell, British, 1862–1927
    James Edward Quibell, British, 1867–1935
    Mr. and Mrs. Lowell-Putnam
    Mr. and Mrs. Philpotts
    Sir Eldon and Lady Gorst

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 4

Ancient People

  • 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

  • Annie Abernethie Quibell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1862–1927
    • Remarks née Pirie; Artist and archaeologist; wife of James Edward Quibell. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • 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.
  • James Edward Quibell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1867–1935
    • Remarks Egyptologist; husband of Annie Abernethie. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.

Groups 3