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Diary Transcription:

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Thursday, November 4, 1937

Work on
(1) G 2041

(1) West of G 2041
West of the mastaba. In exposing the lining and the casing of the mastaba on west. Drift sand. Nothing exposed yet.

Some guards and boys in preparing the car road. Some of the boys and guards in binding the roof of the Doctor's room.

Friday, November 5, 1937

"HAPPY DAY IN OUR LIFE, THE SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY OF OUR MUDIR." "A GREAT CEREMONY WAS HELD AT 9 a.m. And A REPEATER GOLDEN WATCH WAS HANDED TO THE DOCTOR BY MOHAMMED SAID AHMED ON BEHALF OF THE FRIENDS AND BOYS IN THE BOSTON MUSEUM AND FRIENDS AND BOYS AT THE HARVARD CAMP [Including all the members of the staff, the house boys and all the guards at the Harvard Camp on that day.

ADDRESS IN ARABIC BY MOHAMMED SAID, MESSAGE FROM THOSE WHO PRESENTED THE REPEATER WATCH SENT FROM BOSTON AND READ BY MAHMUD SAID AHMED AND A POEM COMPOSED AND READ BY MAHMUD SAID AHMED. MANY SNAPSHOTS WERE TAKEN, MANY TELEGRAMS AND LETTERS WERE RECEIVED."

Work on
(1) G 2041

(1) West of G 2041
West of this mastaba. In exposing the lining and the casing of the mastaba on west for drawing. Drift sand. Nothing exposed yet.

Some of the boys and guards in binding the kitchen's roof and the Arabic office.

Saturday, November 6, 1937

Work on
(1) G 1039

(1) G 1039
In the room of the mastaba. It is lined with dubsh and mud and bound with mud, plaster and gypsum. Sand, limestone debris, dubsh and stones. Door on north opened to E. Not yet cleared.

Some boys and guards in binding the terracina, the dining room and the tea room (only the roof of these three rooms).

Sunday, November 7, 1937

Work on
(1) G 1039
(2) G 1366 A
(3) G 1026c A
(4) G 2026d A, B
(5) G 2033 A, X

(1) G 1039
In the room of the mastaba. Sand, limestone debris, dubsh and stones. Four uninscribed mud-brick stelae on the west wall cleared. Drawing.

[ILLUSTRATION]

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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
    11/04/1937; 11/05/1937; 11/06/1937; 11/07/1937
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Mentioned on page
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 6

  • G 1026

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 1039

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 1366

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2026

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2033

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2041

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Photos 1

People 5

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.
  • 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.
  • Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.