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Monday, May 25, 1936

work on
(1) G 2378

(1) North of G 2378
North of this mastaba, in preparing a railway line to remove the debris which is above the two mastabas G 2415 and G 2421, limestone debris, dubsh, sand and black debris mixed together. Found in debris in dump: four small limestone fragments inscribed but not yet clear, one small fragment of plaster inscribed but not clear with traces of red and black.

The railway line not yet prepared.

Tuesday, May 26, 1936
Day of rest.

Wednesday, May 27, 1936

work on
(1) G 2420 I, S

(1) G 2420
G 2420 I: Removed the body [36-5-74] from the chamber. Drawing.


G 2420 S: Removed the wooden staff [36-5-72]. It is broken into four fragments. Near the staff we found a wooden object [36-5-71]. Mr. Bill says that it was used as a belt for the body and also removed the body [36-5-73] which is wrapped in cloth. In the coffin on north, we found head rest cut in the rock. Drawing.


Also the workers and some guards were preparing a railway line which we spoke about before.

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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
    05/25/1936; 05/26/1936; 05/27/1936
  • Mentioned on page
    William Stevenson Smith, American, 1907–1969
  • Translator
    Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 2378

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2415

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2420

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2421

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

People 3

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.
  • William Stevenson Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1907–1969
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.