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Diary Transcription:

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Sunday, March 27, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2220
(2) G 6010
(3) G 6040

(1) G 2220
East of this mastaba and in the chapel. In cleaning the chapel in front of it on east. Drift sand, pebble and limestone debris. Chapel not yet cleaned and nothing appears in front of it.

(2) G 6010
In cleaning the chapels of this mastaba for photo. Drift sand. The chapel is cleaned.

(3) G 6040
In cleaning the chapel of this mastaba for photo. Drift sand. Cleared.

Monday, March 28, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2220

(1) G 2220
East of this mastaba. In front of the doorway. In exposing the foundation of the door for drawing. Drift sand, pebble, limestone debris and big stones. Exposed the foundation.

Tuesday, March 29, 1938
Day of rest.

Wednesday, March 30, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2091
(2) G 6040

(1) East of G 2091
East of this mastaba. Search for mastaba, shafts or chapels in that place. Sand, limestone debris and pebble. Nothing exposed yet.

(2) G 6040
Removed the lower part of the niche, which was blocking the door of the chapel and cleaned the chapel. Drift sand. This chapel on west to south inside the mastaba. This chapel was decorated in red paintings. In the chapel two niches in west wall, one on north and the other on south. West of the southern niche appears the serdab, built with stones, and full of rubble from the casing of the mastaba. Not yet cleared.

Prepared a railway line because the debris is heavy.

Thursday, March 31, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2091

(1) East of G 2091
East of this mastaba. Search for new mastaba, shafts and chapels. Sand, limestone debris, rubble and pebble. A stone mastaba appears, not numbered yet, and not exposed yet.

Friday, April 1, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2091

(1) East of G 2091
East of this mastaba. Search for new mastabas, shafts and chapels. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, pebble and stones. Part of the mastaba shaft exposed (the mastaba we exposed yesterday), not numbered. The remains of the shafts not yet numbered.

Saturday, April 2, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2089 A, B, C
(2) G 2091

(1) G 2089
A stone mastaba. East of G 2091. The lining on west runs below G 2091. That means G 2089 was built before G 2091. Exposed six shafts, A, B, C, D, E, X, with a stone chapel. The chapel with two niches (uninscribed). Serdab west of the northern niche. Chapel opened to east. Blocked with stones from the inside, from the lining of shaft X. Exposed the mastaba and the shafts.

G 2089 A: In shaft. Lined above with masonry and rock cut below. It is west of the southern niche, south of the serdab. Pebble, red debris, limestone debris and dubsh. Down 3 meters. Not reached the rock in shaft and not reached the chamber.

G 2089 B: In shaft. Lined with rubble to the beginning of the rock. It is north of the serdab, south of C and west of D. Down 1.2 meters. Limestone debris, rubble, pebble and red debris. Rubble blocking bound with mud appears in shaft, hang on limestone debris [?]. Left for photo. Not reached the rock in shaft.

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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
    03/27/1938 through 04/02/1938
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 2089

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2091

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2220

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6010

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6040

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

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.