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Diary Transcription:

microfilm: begin page 410

Monday, October 26, 1936

work on
(1) G 2429

(1) North of G 2429
North of this mastaba, or east of G 2426. Searching for mastabas and shafts in that place, sand, limestone debris, dubsh and black debris. Nothing exposed in the place.

Tuesday, October 27, 1936
Day of rest.

Wednesday, October 28, 1936

work on
(1) G 2375
(2) G 2429
(3) G 2461 [= G 2461']
(4) G 7130

(1) G 2375
North of the mastaba wall, or east of the mastaba, south of G 2423 and west of G 2461, black debris, dubsh and limestone debris. Exposed the lining of shaft G 2375 X, and not yet started in.

(2) G 2429
The mastaba is drawn to scale and shafts are numbered, but not yet started in.

(3) G 2461 [= G 2461']
On the top of the mastaba, small mastaba, lined with stones, south of G 2429, north of G 2376 and west of the mastaba wall of G 2378, limestone debris, dubsh, black debris and broken mud brick. Exposed shaft A. North of this mastaba, between the mastaba lining and the mastaba wall of G 2378 appears a limestone building same as a room or a serdab, running from north to south, with a limestone floor and not roofed.

(4) G 7130
G 7130 B: In shaft. It is the south shaft in the mastaba. Lined above with stones and rock below, down 15.0 meters, and excavated before 14.0 meters, limestone debris and dubsh. Chamber on south, big chamber cut in rock and on northwest a small shaft inside the chamber. Around this chamber on east, west and south many Ptolemaic chambers. South of this mastaba in the Isis Temple we found a Ptolemaic shaft with many chambers, and in one of the chambers, there is a passage running to north to the chamber of G 7130 B, which is the big chamber numbered I. In the beginning of the big Ptolemaic shaft, a big stone covered the shaft, underneath that stone the shaft is cleaned and no debris. Because of danger we stopped the work in the Ptolemaic chambers, and we are going to start clearing the big chamber of shaft B and the shaft which is inside the chamber. After Mohammed measured the big chamber of B and the shaft which is inside the chamber, we are going to start clearing the Ptolemaic chambers and the Ptolemaic shaft south of the mastaba, and put the debris in the big chamber of B. North of shaft G 7130 B and in front the chamber there is a big cut. Found in the debris of the Ptolemaic chambers: fragments of granite sarcophagus (not inscribed). Not reached the rock in shaft and not started in chamber.

Drawing of G 2375 X, G 2429, and G 2461 [= G 2461'] (drawn 1/50), on page 411.

Thursday, October 29, 1936

work on
(1) G 7100 street
(2) G 7130 B

(1) Street G 7100
East of mastaba G 7120. In clearing the exterior stone chapel in that place for drawing, black debris and limestone debris. The place is cleared for drawing.

(2) G 7130
G 7130 B: In shaft, in front the chamber. Down 15.70 meters, white limestone debris. Not reached the rock in shaft.

Friday, October 30, 1936

work on
(1) G 7130 B

(1) G 7130
G 7130 B: In shaft and in the cut which is north of shaft. Total depth 16.0 meters, limestone debris and dubsh. Reached the rock in shaft, the cut is not yet cleared. Not started in chamber.

Saturday, October 31, 1936

work on
(1) G 7130 B

(1) G 7130
G 7130 B: In chamber I, (the big chamber) and in the cut, stones, limestone debris and dubsh. The cut is cleared. Chamber not yet cleared.

Sunday, November 1, 1936

work on
(1) G 7510

(1) G 7510
In clearing the corner of the mastaba on north. The northeast and northwest corners for drawing, sand: limestone debris, dubsh and stones. Exposed the casing of the mastaba in northeast, northwest corner not exposed.

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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
    10/26/1936 through 11/01/1936
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 11

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.