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Sunday, August 18, 1935

Work on
(1) G 5031 E
(2) G 5040 C
(3) G 5130

(1) G 5031
G 5031 E: Removed the chamber blocking. Stones dubsh and bound mud. Body, head on north. Body left for photo.

(2) G 5040
G 5040 C: In shaft. Rock below inside the room of G 5040 which is on east. Down 3.2 meters. Excavated before 95 cm. Sand. Chamber on west cut in rock. No blocking. Not reached the rock in shaft.

(3) G 5130
To expose the building of the mastaba. On west and north also search for the corners of the mastaba for drawing. Sand, dubsh, limestone debris, potsherds and black debris. Exposed the building on west and north. Also exposed the southwest, southeast and northeast corners. The northwest corner not yet exposed.

Monday, August 19, 1935

Work on
(1) G 5040 C, D

(1) G 5040
East of the mastaba. On north. To expose the building on east. Sand, limestone debris, dubsh and some potsherds. The building not yet exposed.

G 5040 C: In shaft and chamber. Total depth 3.95 meters. Sand and limestone debris. Open and empty. Drawing.


G 5040 D: In the rock-cut tomb. Cut in rock. The sloping passage run[s] to south in the beginning of the slop[e]. Two stairs cut in rock. This rock-cut tomb run[s] under the east room of the mastaba. Sand, dubsh and limestone debris. They can't enter in the rock-cut tomb, because of the plug stones. In the sloping passage. Not yet cleared.

Tuesday, August 20, 1935
Day of rest.

Wednesday, August 21, 1935

Work on
(1) G 4516 C
(2) G 5040 D, X, Y

(1) G 4516
G 4516 C: Removed the debris from the coffin in which we found: small and big, green and blue faience cylinder balls. Green and blue ring beads. Two faience amulets. Faience beads same as the cylinder balls. Cleared. Drawing on page 101.

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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
    08/18/1935; 08/19/1935; 08/20/1935; 08/21/1935
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 4516

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5031

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5040

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5130

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Photos 1

People 2

Modern People

  • 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.