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Diary Transcription:

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Monday, May 18, 1936 (continued)

(1) G 2420 (continued)
G 2420 S: In shaft. Total depth 5.65 meters, limestone debris, black debris and dubsh. Chamber on west, cut in rock. Blocked with two stones, the north stone is not in place. Blocking partly destroyed on north (the above part). A coffin cut in rock form north to south with lid the middle of the lid gone, above the lid some small model dishes (pottery). East of the coffin we found complete pot (pottery). Blocking left for photo. Found in shaft debris: two sandstone fragments with green copper [36-5-38, 36-5-39].

(2) G 2421
On the top of the mastaba, on south. Lined with stones. It is north of G 2420 and northwest of G 2415, limestone debris, sand, black debris, some potsherds and dubsh. The serdab appears on south.

G 2421 serdab: In the serdab. Lined with stones from north to south, lining partly destroyed. Total [height] 70 cm, limestone debris and some dubsh. Found in serdab: limestone statue standing figure without head and part of left hand missing inscribed on basis Min-Nofer [Minnefer] [36-5-43]. Limestone statuette standing figure inscribed on basis Min-Nofer [Minnefer] [36-5-40], fragment lower part of standing statue waist and all above waist missing [36-5-42], standing limestone figure head missing broken in two pieces below knees, Min-Nofer [Minnefer] [36-5-41].
We photographed them and removed them to the Camp. The serdab cleared.
[GLYPHS]

[ILLUSTRATION]

Tuesday, May 19, 1936
Day of rest.

Wednesday, May 20, 1936

work on
(1) G 2420 F, G, H, X
(2) G 2421

(1) G 2420
G 2420 F: In shaft. It is north of E, south of G and west of B. Lined with stones above and rock below, partly destroyed on east between it and shaft B. Total depth 5.77 meter, limestone debris, dubsh and sand. Chamber on west cut in rock, blocked with two stones. On north one of the blocking stones fall into the chamber. It was bound with mud. Body, head on north. Found in shaft debris: one pot (pottery) [36-5-45]. Reached the rock in shaft. Left the remains of the blocking for photo.

G 2420 G: In shaft. It is north of F, south of H and southwest of C. Lined with dubsh to the beginning of the rock. Total depth 3.60 meters, limestone debris, sand and dubsh. Chamber in shaft on west lined, roofed and blocked with dubsh and bound with mud. Found in shaft debris: fragments of flint [36-5-44]. Reached the rock in shaft. Left the blocking and the roof of the chamber for photo.

G 2420 H: In shaft and chamber. It is north of G, west of C and I and south of U. Lined with dubsh to the beginning of the rock on north, partly destroyed. Total depth 3.20 meters, limestone debris, sand and dubsh and in coffin silt deposited by rain. Chamber on north lined with dubsh. Roofed with stones, roof partly gone. No blocking. Coffin lined with stones from north to south, with lid (lid of one stone), lid partly destroyed on south. Found in coffin debris: two semi-circular end pieces with seven holes each blue green glazed faience [36-5-46], pill box diameter 8.5, height 3.5 full of black and blue green glazed faience cylinder beads [36-5-47a] and black, white and blue green glazed faience ring beads [36-5-47b]. Bones [36-5-46a]. Cleared.
Drawing on page 330.

G 2420 X: In shaft and chamber. It is in the street, east of G 2420, west of G 2415 and north of room b, and south of Y. Lined with dubsh, only on south the lining of mastaba G 2415 with stones. Total depth 1.40 meters, limestone debris, dubsh and sand. Chamber on south lined with dubsh on three sides, north, south, and west, but on east lined with stones. Roof gone. No blocking. Cleared.
Drawing on page 328.

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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
    05/18/1936; 05/19/1936; 05/20/1936
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Mentioned on page
    Minnefer (G 2421)

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 2415

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2420

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2421

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

Photos 1

People 3

Ancient People

  • Minnefer (G 2421)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 2421. Four limestone standing statues (36-5-40 = MFA 37.637 deaccessioned = Cleveland 1948.420, 36-5-41 = MFA 37.639, 36-5-42, 36-5-43 = MFA 37.2740) inscribed for Minnefer, identified on all as [sHD xntjw-S pr-aA] inspector of palace attendants of the Great House; all found in situ in G 2421 serdab (incorrectly attributed to G 2427 in Porter-Moss III, p. 94). Limestone lintel (36-5-67) inscribed for Minnefer and his wife Hekenu; Minnefer identified as [jmj-r wpwt xntjw-S pr-aA rx nswt Hrj-sStA sHD xntjw-S pr-aA] overseer of commissions of palace attendants of the Great House, royal acquaintance, secretary, inspector of palace attendants of the Great House; found displaced in G 2421. Limestone offering basin (12-11-54) inscribed for Minnefer, identified as [jmj-r st xntjw-S pr-aA xrp aH(?) Hrj-sStA n nb=f sHD xntjw-S pr-aA] overseer of the department of palace attendants of the Great House, director of the palace(?), secretary of his lord, inspector of palace attendants of the Great House; found in test hole north of G 2375 (G 2399), probably originally from G 2421.

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.