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Wednesday, May 1, 1935 (continued)

(2) G 1208
G 1208 B: Removed the chambers blockings. Removed chamber I blocking. Dubsh. It is full of dubsh and limestone debris. Chamber not cleared.
Chamber II. Removed chamber II blocking. Dubsh and stones. Did not begin in chamber.

(3) G 1219
G 1219 C: Small shaft lined with mud brick on three sides east, west, south on north lined with stones. Total depth 1.1 meters. Sand, broken mud brick. Ended at rock. No chamber.

(4) G 2210
To expose the northeast corner of the mastaba. Sand, limestone debris and removed two stones.

Carpenter worked in the Camp.

Thursday, May 2, 1935

Work on
(1) G 1208 B
(2) G 2210

(1) G 1208
G 1208 B: In chamber and removed the debris from chamber II. Sand, dubsh, stones and limestone debris. On WN [west north ?] of the limestone coffin appears. Small alabaster dishes, alabaster kohl pot [alabaster model vessels: 35-5-9, 35-5-10, 35-5-11, 35-5-12], broken copper chisels [copper tools: 35-5-13, 35-5-14, 35-5-15, 35-5-16, 35-5-17, 35-18, 35-5-19] and potsherds [35-5-20]. The coffin is empty. The alabaster and the copper left for photo.

(2) G 2210
To expose the northeast corner. Sand and limestone debris. The corner not exposed.

The carpenter worked in the camp.

Friday, May 3, 1935

Work on
(1) G 1206 E
(2) G 2210

(1) G 1206
G 1206 E: Removed the coffin lid from the chamber. Broke the coffin lid and underneath sand. Skeleton [35-5-31] in the coffin left for photo.

(2) G 2210
To expose the northeast corner. Sand and limestone debris. Not reached the rock in the corner.

Hamid Kenawi, Yassen Ali [Yasin Ali] and Mostapha Abu El Hamd [Mustapha Abu-el-Hamd] arrived today from Syria with Mr. Lake. The Mudir ordered Hamid and Yassen [Yasin] to stay after the cocktail and Mustapha will stay along.
The carpenter worked in the Camp.

Saturday, May 4, 1935

Work on
(1) G 2210.

(1) G 2210
To expose the northeast corner of the mastaba. Sand and limestone debris. Not reached the rock in the corner.

The carpenter worked in the Camp.

Sunday, May 5, 1935

Work on
(1) G 2210.

(1) G 2210
To expose the northeast corner of the mastaba. Sand and limestone debris. Not reached the rock in the corner.

The carpenter still worked in the camp.

Today was the tea to exhibit pictures of Mr. Lindon Smith. They were two hundred thirteen (213) people.

Monday, May 6, 1935

Work on
(1) G 2210.

(1) G 2210
To expose the northeast corner. Sand and limestone debris. Reached the rock in the corner.

The carpenter finished today and has his wages.

Tuesday, May 7, 1935
Day of rest.

Wednesday, May 8, 1935

Work on
(1) G 2210.

(1) G 2210
To expose the southwest corner. Sand, dubsh and limestone debris. Reached the rock in corner.

Thursday, May 9, 1935

Work on
(1) G 2210.

(1) G 2210
To expose the corner and the end of the building of the mastaba. Sand, dubsh and limestone debris. Exposed the corners and the end of the building of the mastaba.

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Details

  • 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
    05/01/1935 through 05/09/1935
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Mentioned on page
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Hamid Genawi
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Mr. Lake
    Mustapha Abu el-Hamd (expedition photographer)
    Yasin Ali
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 1206

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 1208

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 1219

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2210

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Photos 1

People 8

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • Hamid Genawi

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Guard at Giza (from Quft).
  • Joseph Lindon Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1863–1950
    • Remarks Artist /expedition painter and copyist; Daughters Rachael and Frances also painted. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mahmoud 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.
  • Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

    • 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.
  • Mr. Lake

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mustapha Abu el-Hamd (expedition photographer)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition photographer.
  • Yasin Ali

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Guard at Giza (from Quft).