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Diary Transcription:

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Thursday, February 24, 1938 (continued)

(3) G 6027
G 6027 A: In shaft. Down 6.8 meters. Clean sand. Chamber on west. Cut in rock. No blocking. Cleared. Not reached the rock in shaft. This shaft is the shaft of the mastaba (chief shaft), but in Roman time they built with rubble the east and south sides, but the shaft descends below. So we must remove this building, to go down in the shaft, or to have some wood as (a doggarat[?]) to go on with this shaft. Found in shaft debris: small inscribed offering basin [38-2-13] in sunk relief with the name of Ne-kauw-ra[?] [Nikare]. Sketch of the offering basin.

G 6027 D: Removed the chambers blocking. Chamber I and II. Stones, dubsh and limestone debris. In each chamber we found a body, (child), left for photo.
Sketch showing the west wall in which the two chambers were cut.

[ILLUSTRATION]

Friday, February 25, 1938

Work on
(1) G 6027 A, E, F

(1) G 6027
G 6027 A: In shaft. Below chamber I. Clean sand. In making the Doggarat[???] for the walls, but we found it very danger[ous], and the walls will fall, so we order[ed] the men to get out of the shaft, and after they all were out (thank god) the walls fell into the shaft. Sot we photographed and drew what remains from the walls and removed it, and we exposed the native shaft of the mastaba. Down 3 meters. Dubsh, limestone debris and sand. Not reached the rock in shaft.

G 6027 E: In shaft. Down 5.1 meters. Drift sand. Chamber on south. Cut in rock. No blocking. Not reached the rock in shaft, and the chamber not yet cleared.

G 6027 F: In shaft. Lined with dubsh above the limestone debris. It is southwest of E. Total depth 1.4 meters. Drift sand. Reached the limestone filling on the rock. No chamber.

Professor Edgell the Director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts left the camp at 3:30 to Alexandria, and then to Italy.

Saturday, February 26, 1938

Work on
(1) G 6027 A

(1) G 6027
G 6027 A: In shaft. Down 7 meters. Dubsh, limestone debris, sand. Not reached the rock in shaft.

Sunday, February 27, 1938

Work on
(1) South of the Khufu pyramid

(1) South of the Khufu pyramid
Guards and boys in clearing the Car's[?] way south of the great pyramid, from the dump thrown by the Government in the way (our way to the Eastern Cemetery).

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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
    02/24/1938; 02/25/1938
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Mentioned on page
    George Harold Edgell
    Khufu
    Nikare (in G 6027)
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 2

Published Documents 2

Photos 1

People 5

Ancient People

  • Khufu

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Second king of Dynasty 4, son of Snefru. Builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Cheops. Horus name: [mDdw] Medjedu. Full birth-name: Khnum-Khufu.
  • Nikare (in G 6027)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Father of Tjetji. Limestone offering basin (38-2-13) inscribed: A gift which the king gives to Anubis, that she might be buried in the necropolis [...], the revered one (fem.) Tjetji. It is her father [...Spss nswt?] overseer of builders Nikare who made (it) for her; found displaced in G 6027 A.

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 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.