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Tuesday, February 25, 1936
Day of rest.

Wednesday, February 26, 1936

Work on
(1) G 2041
(2) G 2045 A, B

(1) G 2041
Exposing the southwest corner of this mastaba for measuring. Limestone debris, dubsh, stones and sand mixed together. The corner not yet exposed.

(2) G 2045
On top of the mastaba, on west, in the room which is between this mastaba and G 2043a. Limestone debris, dubsh and stones fallen into this room. Exposed today shaft F and cleared the room which is west of this mastaba.

G 2045 A: In shaft. Lined with dubsh above and red rock mixed with pebble below. This shaft is built in a mud brick mastaba and surrounding[ed?] with a stone casing including the shafts A, B, C, E, and F. It is north of B and south of F. Total depth 4.05 meters. Pebble, red debris, and some mud brick fall[en] into it. Chamber on west, cut in red rock and blocked with mud brick. Reached the rock in shaft, leaving blocking for photo.

G 2045 B [= G 2045a B]: In shaft and chamber. Lined with dubsh and bound with mud above and red rock mixed with pebble below. It is south of A, and north of C. Total depth 4.1 meters. Pebble and red debris. Chamber on east. Cut in the red rock mixed with pebble. Small chamber. No blocking. Cleared. Drawing.


Thursday, February 27, 1936

Work on
(1) G 2043a [= G 2045b] A, C
(2) G 2045 A, C, E

(1) G 2043a [= G 2045b]
G 2043a A [= G 2045b A]: Removed the chamber roof which is in the shaft. Dubsh, small stones and mud bound. Body, head on north, and near his head we found one fragment of mud brick. Left for photo.

G 2043a C [= G 2045b C]: Removed the roof and the block of the chamber. The block which is in the west wall into the shaft. Dubsh, mud bound, some stones and mud brick. Body, head on north (perhaps child).

(2) G 2045
G 2045 A: Opened the blocking of the chamber and started into the chamber. Mud brick from the blocking, pebble and red debris. Chamber not yet clear.

G 2045 C [= G 2045a C]: In shaft. Lined with dubsh above and rock below, mixed with pebble. It is south of B, east of D and west of X. Total depth 1.8 meters. Pebble mixed with red debris. Ended at rock. No chamber. 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
    02/25/1936; 02/26/1936; 02/27/1936
  • Translator
    Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 2041

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2045

    • 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.