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Monday, February 21, 1938

Work on
(1) G 6024 A, B
(2) G 6025 B, D, E
[(3) G 6026a]

(1) G 6024
G 6024 A: Removed the chamber blocking. Dubsh and mud bound. Body, head on north, wrapped with decayed linen. Body, left for photo.

G 6024 B: Removed the chamber blocking. Stone, dubsh and mud bound. Body, head on north to west. Left for photo.

(2) G 6025
G 6025 B: Removed the chamber blocking. Dubsh and mud bound. Body, head on north, left for photo.

G 6025 D: Removed the chamber blocking. Dubsh, mud bound and sand on the body in the chamber. Body, head on west to north, left for photo.

G 6025 E: Removed the chamber blocking. Stones, limestone debris, dubsh and traces of mud bound. North-south rock cut coffin without lid. In the coffin, body, head on north (broken). Left for photo.

(3) G 6026a
On the top of the mastaba, in exposing the lining and shafts. Rubble, mastaba, partly destroyed. It is south of G 6026 and north of G 6027. Exposed two shafts, A, B. Lining on east not yet exposed.

Tuesday, February 22, 1938
Day of rest.

Wednesday, February 23, 1938

Work on
(1) G 6026a A, B
(2) G 6027 A, B, C, D, E

(1) G 6026a
In exposing the lining of the mastaba on east. Stone lining partly destroyed on south. Sand, limestone debris and dubsh. On east side appears an uninscribed limestone stela. Found in debris east of the mastaba: inscribed limestone drum (in relief), left in place. Exposed the lining on east.

G 6026a A: In shaft. Lined above with rubble on three sides only on north with stones, and rock cut below. It is east of B. Total depth 1.7 meters. Drift sand. Ends at rock. No chamber, 7x.

G 6026a B: In shaft. Lined above with rubble on three sides, only on north with stones, and rock cut below. It is west of A. Total depth 3.14 meters. Chamber on east. Cut in rock. No blocking. Body [38-3-14], head on north, beside his head, decayed broken wooden headrest [38-3-12], and beside his legs two wooden fragments from a stick [38-3-13], left for photo. C14132.

(2) G 6027
G 6027 A: In shaft. Lined above with rubble and rock cut below. It is west of the stela, north of C, B and south of G. Down 4.8 meters. Drift sand. not reached the chamber, not reached the rock in shaft.

G 6027 B: In shaft. Lined with rubble to the beginning of the rock. It is south of A and west of C. Total depth 1.8 meters. Drift sand. Chamber on south. Blocked with one big stone, and beside it on east and west rubble and bound with pilaster [plaster?]. Left for photo.

G 6027 C: In shaft. Lined with rubble to the beginning of the rock. It is east of B and north of the serdab. Total depth 1.85 meters. Drift sand, ends at rock. No chamber, type 7x.

G 6027 D: In shaft. Lined with rubble above and rock cut below. It is north of E and south of the serdab. Down 1.7 meters. Sand, limestone debris and dubsh. Two chambers on west, one on north and the other south of it. Both blocked with stones partly destroyed. They built with rubble only the wall between the two chambers with crude brick, dubsh and stones. Roofed with stones. Left for photo. Not reached the rock in shaft.

G 6027 E: In shaft. It is lined above with rubble and rock cut below. It is south of D. Down 2.2 meters. Drift sand. Not reached the rock in shaft. Not reached the chamber.

PROFESSOR EDGELL VISITED THE WESTERN CEMETERY WITH MR. Bill AND MOHAMMED SAID - He went to the place where the men clearing and heard them singing. He was very pleased. WE HOPE OUR EXCAVATION WILL BE THE FIRST IMPORTANT EXPEDITION IN EGYPT (INSHAALLAH).

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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
    02/21/1938; 02/22/1938; 02/23/1938
  • Mentioned on page
    George Harold Edgell
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
    William Stevenson Smith, American, 1907–1969
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 6024

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6025

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6026

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6027

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Photos 1

People 5

Modern People

  • George Harold Edgell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks MFA Director
  • 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 Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • William Stevenson Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1907–1969
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.