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Friday, March 27, 1936 (continued)

(4) G 2008 (continued)
G 2008 A: In shaft and chamber. Lined with dubsh above and rock below. It is the first shaft on south. It is south of B. Total depth 5.5 meters. Excavated before 4.3 meters. Drift sand and dubsh. Chamber on south, cut in rock. No blocking. Full of debris. Reached the rock in shaft. Not started in chamber.

(5) G 2011
On the top of the mastaba, in the street which is west of it, and the street which is east of it. Lined with stones. East of G 2008 and north of G 2009. Limestone debris, dubsh and sand. Exposed shafts A, B, C, D, E, X. Found in debris on the top of mastaba: small fragment of limestone inscribed (relief).


Cleared the streets which is[are] east and west of this mastaba. Not yet started in shafts. In the building of the mastaba on east, two limestone stelae, not inscribed.

Saturday, March 28, 1936

Work on
(1) G 2005 H
(2) G 2006 A
(3) G 2007 D
(4) G 2008 A, B, C, X, Y
(5) G 2011 A

(1) G 2005
G 2005 H: Removed chamber blocking, dubsh from blocking, and debris in chamber. Lined and roofed with stones. Body, head on north, left for photo.

(2) G 2006
G 2006 A: Removed chamber blocking. Stones and debris in chamber. In chamber a white limestone debris floor, and on west of the chamber two stones running from north to south, same as lid. Near these two stones we found: four complete pots (pottery) [36-3-60, 36-3-61, 36-3-62. 36-3-63], some wooden fragments, decayed, and a copper object with lid [36-3-59]. It looks to us that there are two coffins in this chamber. Objects left for photo.

(3) G 2007
G 2007 D: In shaft. Total depth 2.2 meters Sand. Limestone debris, black debris and potsherds. Found in shaft debris: fragments of bowl stands. Ended at rock. No chamber. Drawing.


(4) G 2008
G 2008 A: In chamber. Chamber on south. Limestone debris, sand and dubsh. Found in chamber debris: fragments of bones and fragments of sandstone with green copper. Cleared. Drawing.


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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
    03/27/1936; 03/28/1936
  • Translator
    Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 6

  • G 2005

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2006

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2007

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2008

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2009

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2011

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

People 2

Modern People

  • Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Translator
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Diary translator. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926). Brother of Mohammed Said Ahmed (Head Reis 1936-1939). Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.
  • Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1936–1939. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926) and brother of Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator) and Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.