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Diary Transcription:

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Friday, April 15, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088
(2) G 2088 c

(1) East of G 2088
East of this mastaba. In removing the great dump heap. Search for new mastabas. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble, dirty debris and stones. Nothing exposed yet.

(2) G 2088
G 2088 "c": In the chapel. On east. In exposing the lining. Drift sand, limestone debris, stones and rubble. Exposed the lining on east. The door opened to east. Lining partly destroyed. Also on the chapel on east and west of serdab (2) appears a small stone, one shaft mastaba, G 2088b and the shaft lettered A. Not started in the shaft. In this room and rooms a, b, we found many inscribed stones from the lining of these rooms and we left them in place.

Saturday, April 16, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088 c

(1) G 2088
G 2088 "c": East of this chapel. In removing the great dump heap. Search for new mastabas. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble, dirty debris and stones. Nothing exposed yet.

Very windy day so we only have 6 boys.

Sunday, April 17, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088 c

(1) G 2088
G 2088 "c": East and north of the chapel. In removing the great dump heap. Search for new mastabas. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. North of the chapel appears the lining of a stone mastaba, only the south and west walls exposed. The lining on east and north not yet exposed. Found in debris. Small limestone fragment with black paint.

Monday, April 18, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088

(1) North and east of G 2088
North and east of the mastaba. In removing the great dump heap. Search for new mastaba. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. A stone mastaba appears east and north of G 2088. In that mastaba we found a chapel, a serdab and shafts. The rest of the lining and the shafts not yet cleared. Also we exposed east of the mastaba G 2088, north of serdab (2), or between serdab (2) and the mastaba north of it four shafts. Not numbered yet.

Cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 90
8:30 to 12:00: 290
1:30 to 5:00: 190
Total: 570

Tuesday, April 19, 1938
Day of rest.

Wednesday, April 20, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088

(1) North of G 2088
North of this mastaba. Search for the rest and shafts of the mastaba appeared yesterday. Sand, limestone debris, dubsh, stones, pebble and dirty debris from the dump. Exposed the lining of the mastaba on west and north, but not on east.

Cars emptied:
6:00 to 8:00: 130
8:30 to 12:00: 280
2:00 to 5:00: 190
Total: 600

Thursday, April 21, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2086
(2) G 2087 a, b and the serdab

(1) G 2086
In exposing the lining of the mastaba on east and in exposing the shafts and the chapel. Drift sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. Exposed the lining, it is a stone mastaba north of G 2087 and G 2088 and west of G 2085. Also exposed four shafts A, B, C, D. Not started in them, and exposed two chapels a, b.

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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
    04/15/1938 through 04/21/1938
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 2086

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2087

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2088

    • 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.