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Sunday, May 6, 1928 (continued)

(1) Street G 7500 south (continued)
Found in street debris: two worked objects of limestone [28-5-33] [ILLUSTRATION], fragment of faience ushabti [28-5-38], six fragments limestone from wall reliefs [28-5-35, 28-5-36], painted and decorated pot [28-5-41]: [ILLUSTRATION] in white and black on red ware, fragment of alabaster, broken [28-5-37], flint knife [28-5-40].

(2) G 7524
G 7524 'a': Removed stones of door blocking, some of which are obviously stones of the south wall of mastaba G 7524, fallen or taken previously from above. The debris in chamber is more than half way up the room with signs of a fair amount of water at some time. The chamber runs north some distance, and some rock-cut statues, or remains thereof, appear to be on the east wall in the distance. No inscription visible, but part of standing figures on door jamb in relief.

(3) G 7525
Removed deposit of pottery [28-5-44, 28-5-45, 28-5-46, 28-5-47, 28-5-48] which lay in the passage east of the mastaba. This path, of dubsh, appears, together with mastaba G 7525, and its walls, to be later than the original rock-cut depression and stairways of Meresankh. The north wall of G 7525 'a' is symmetrical with the similar face south of the door of Meresankh, and may have been later cut out in a niche and the east wall and south door of G 7525 made. At the same time, or later, the original rock-cut stairway east of G 7525 appears to have been built up with loose stone steps.

(4) G 7660
G 7660 Z: Down 7 meters.

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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
  • Mentioned on page
    Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)
  • Author
    Noel F. Wheeler, British

Tombs and Monuments 4

Published Documents 1

People 2

Ancient People

  • Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7530-7540.Granddaughter of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid, and wife of either Khafre or Menkaure. Her unique underground chapel (labeled G 7530-7540) preserves beautifully carved and painted scenes of the queen and her royal family, as well as servants, artisans, and funerary priests. The scenes also depict the sort of rich burial goods that would have been placed in Meresankh’s tomb: statues and fine furniture; boxes containing food, clothing, and jewelry; even a representation of the black granite sarcophagus that was actually found in situ in her burial chamber. Chapel entrance architrave, jambs, reveals and drum inscribed for Meresankh, idenitifed as [mAAt Hr stX wrt Hts nbwj xt Hr wrt Hst DHwtj smrt Hr mrt=f sAt nswt n Xt=f Hmt nswt mrt] seer of Horus and Seth, great one of the hetes-scepter of the Two Lords, khet-priestess of Horus, great of praises of Thoth, companion of Horus, his beloved, king's daughter of his body, beloved king's wife; in situ in G 7530-7540. Appears in chapel relief of main room: seated holding lotus (south wall); standing with her mother (east wall), idenitifed as [wrt Hts] great one of the hetes-scepter; on pillars (north wall), idenitifed as [tjst Hr] intimate(?) of Horus; seated at offering table, standing north of false door and on central pillar, and with her mother and son (west wall), idenitifed as [Hm-nTr DHwtj wrt Hts nbtj Hm-nTr bApf Hm-nTr HwtHr nbt jwnt smAwt mrjj nbtj] priestess of Thoth, great one of the hetes-scepter of the Two Ladies, priestess of Bapef, priestess of Hathor Mistress-of-Dendera, consort of him who is beloved of the Two Ladies; in situ in G 7530-7540. Also appears on all walls of offering (west) room; in situ in G 7530-7540. Architrave on north wall of north room inscribed for Meresankh; uninscribed statues may also represent Meresankh (along with other female family members); in situ in G 7530-7540. Black granite sarcophagus (Cairo JE 54935) inscribed for Meresankh, idenitifed as [xrp sSmtjw SnDt] director of butchers of the 'Acacia House'; in situ in burial chamber of G 7530-7540. Incomplete limestone statue of Meresankh (MFA 30.1457) and pair statue of Meresankh and Hetepheres II (MFA 30.1456); found displaced in debris of main room. Mother ([mwt=f] his mother) of Nebemakhet (owner of G 8172 = Lepsius 86). Appears in relief of inner chapel (above doorway in eastern wall), identified as [mAAt Hr stX wrt Hts wrt Hst Hmt nswt] seer of Horus and Seth, great one of the hetes-scepter, great of praises, king's wife; in situ in G 8172. Also mentioned in the tomb of her steward Khemetnu (owner of G 5210).

Modern People

  • Noel F. Wheeler

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates British
    • Remarks Wheeler was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy according to George A. Reisner's, "A HIstory of the Giza Necropolis, Vol. I."