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Friday, July 16, 1937 (continued)

(1) G 4631 (continued)
Drawing of G 4631 A.


Saturday, July 17, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4320
(2) G 4631 E

(1) G 4320
East of this mastaba, on south. Search for the lining and the southeast corner. Limestone debris, dubsh and sand. Nothing exposed yet.

(2) G 4631
G 4631 E: Lined with dubsh above and rock below. It is south of C. Chamber on west. Cut in bad rock, so we cannot work on it.

Sunday, July 18, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4320

(1) G 4320
East of this mastaba, on south. Search for the room of the mastaba and the southeast corner. Sand, limestone debris and dubsh. No room for this mastaba. We exposed a built niche south of this mastaba, in the street between G 4310 and G 4311. The southeast corner not yet cleared.

Monday, July 19, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4311

(1) G 4311
On the top of the mastaba. This mastaba is in the street south of G 4320 and north of G 4310. Lined with stones and on east partly destroyed (a small mastaba). Drift sand, dubsh, stones and limestone debris underneath. In this mastaba we exposed an inscribed limestone chapel (in relief) with traces of red, blue and yellow colors. This chapel partly destroyed on north and east. The south wall is inscribed in sunk relief and we found the window (slot) of the serdab. South of this chapel we found the serdab, lined with stones (east-west serdab), roof gone. Found empty.
Two limestone inscribed stela on the west wall, one on north and the other on south of the wall. They bear the name of the owner NFR-HR-N-PTAH (Ptah-nfr-hr-n) [Neferherenptah].
West of this chapel exposed a new shaft. Found in chapel debris: two inscribed limestone fragments (in relief).

Tuesday, July 20, 1937
Day of rest.

Wednesday, July 21, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4300

(1) G 4300
In street, east of G 4311. In exposing the lining on east, and the southeast corner of the mastaba. Drift sand, stones and dubsh, nothing exposed yet.

Preparing a railway line east of G 4311 running north, east of G 4320 in order to remove the debris from the street east of G 4311.

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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
    07/16/1937; 07/17/1937; 07/18/1937; 07/19/1937; 07/20/1937; 07/21/1937
  • Mentioned on page
    Neferherenptah (G 4311)
  • Translator
    Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 5

Published Documents 2

People 3

Ancient People

  • Neferherenptah (G 4311)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 4311. North and south false doors inscribed for Neferherenptah, identified as [sAb smsw hAjt rx nswt jrj-mDAt Hrj-sStA sbA nswt] judge and elder of the hall, royal acquaintance, letter carrier, secretary, royal instructor; also appears in chapel relief (including displaced fragments 37-7-21a + 37-7-21b); all but displaced fragments in situ in G 4311.

Modern People

  • Mahmud 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.
  • Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • 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.