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Sunday, April 17, 1927 (continued)

(4) G 7000 X (continued)
[ILLUSTRATION] derrick over pit mouth

Monday, April 18, 1927
Seventy-ninth day of work

Cars emptied:
line XI 5:20 am - 8:00 am: 190, 8:30 - 12:00: 282, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm: 209
Total 681

Work on:
(1) G 7000 X
(2) G 7500
(3) G 7420
(4) G 7430
(5) G 7440
(6) G 7450 X
(7) G 7540 a
(8) G 7410

(1) G 7000 X
Lifted sarcophagus from burial chamber to surface. Weight with lid in place 2.2 tons. Clearance in turning from chamber into foot of shaft 1 to 2 cm. Clearance of wooden scaffolding halfway up pit shaft 2 cm. Total time taken from looking on: 7 3/4 hours. Time in direct lifting 2 hours.
On account of the small clearance at foot of shaft, 4 hours were taken in getting the sarcophagus from its original positions to where it hung free and vertical in the pit. Two jacks were used in the chamber, behind the sarcophagus to move it forward under the pit, and a six-fold purchase of 7 cm rope (diameter) was used for the lift. (Factor of safety about 30).
I. Jacks used to move load against north wall of pit.
II. Winch used to lift load against roof at (b) repeated many times, as distance at (a) and (b) were from 1 to 2 cm at minimum.

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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
    04/17/1927; 04/18/1927
  • Author
    Noel F. Wheeler, British

Tombs and Monuments 6

Published Documents 1

People 1

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."