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Diary Transcription:

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Wednesday, October 27, 1937

Work on
(1) G 2033 C
(2) G 2035

(1) G 2033
G 2033 C: Searching in the debris of the chamber for the remains of the mummy mask (gypsum). Found in debris. Fragment from the mummy mask (perhaps from the neck); small fragments from the face.

(2) G 2035
On top of the mastaba. In exposing the lining and the shafts of the mastaba. Limestone debris, dubsh, red sand, pebble and sand. Exposed ten shafts, not numbered yet.

Today was a very rainy day, so we had a terrible night and all the guards, house boys and everybody at the Camp were carrying the water from the courtyard, rooms and beside the walls of the house. The rain continued on to 10 p.m.

Thursday, October 28, 1937

Work on
(1) G 2041

(1) West of G 2041
West of this mastaba. In exposing the casing and the lining of the mastaba on west for drawing. Sand, limestone debris dubsh and stones. Nothing exposed yet.

Guards and the boys in preparing the cars road the road to the camp, because it was cut yesterday by the rain.

Friday, October 29, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4710
(2) G 4940

(1) G 4710
On the top of the mastaba. On east. In exposing the stone casing which is inside the outside casing on east, for drawing. Limestone debris and dubsh. The casing exposed.

(2) G 4940
On the top of the mastaba. On east. In exposing the stone casing which is inside the outside casing. Limestone debris, potsherds and dirty debris. The casing exposed.

Some of the boys in preparing the cars road. They finish it today.

Saturday, October 30, 1937

Work on
(1) G 2035a A, B, X, Y, Z
(2) G 2035b A, B, C

(1) G 2035a
Partly destroyed stone mastaba. It is east of G 2035b, west of G 2036, and north of G 2034. Five shafts.

G 2035a A: In shaft. Lined with dubsh above and rock-cut below. It is south of B and west of X. Down 4.4 meters. Red sand, pebble, and limestone debris. Chamber on west. Cut in rock. Blocked with two stones, dubsh and bound with mud. Not reached the rock in shaft and left the blocking for photo.

G 2035a B: In shaft and chamber. It is lined with dubsh, red rock below and rock-cut below. It is north of A and south of Z. Total depth 5 meters. Red sand, pebble and limestone debris. Chamber on west. Cut in rock. No blocking. Cleared. Drawing.

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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
    10/27/1937; 10/28/1937; 10/29/1937; 10/30/1937
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 2033

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2035

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2041

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4710

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4940

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

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.