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Diary Transcription:

microfilm: begin page 495

Monday, July 12, 1937

Work on
(1) G 2016

(1) G 2016
On the top of the mastaba, east of G 2015 in order to expose the lining and shafts of G 2016 for drawing. Sand, limestone debris and dubsh. Nothing exposed yet.

Tuesday, July 13, 1937
Day of rest.

Received a telegram from the American Express Co. wanting the boxes of antiquities to be sent to the Cairo museum.

Wednesday, July 14, 1937

Send the boxes to the Cairo museum to be sealed. All the guards and boys were busy. The cases are nineteen. Sixteen antiquities, one plates and two from Hetepheres furniture. They are numbered MFA 336 to MFA 354.

Thursday, July 15, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4631 A, C, D, F, G, H

(1) G 4631
G 4631 A: In shaft. Lined with dubsh and crude brick underneath and rock below. It is south of B. Down 2.9 meters. Limestone debris, dubsh, sand and potsherds. Not reached the rock in shaft. Not reached the chamber.

G 4631 C: In shaft and chamber. Lined with dubsh above and bound with mud, crude brick bound with gypsum underneath, stones underneath and rock below. It is north of E. Total depth 7.55 meters. Excavated before 6.7 meters. Sand and black debris. Chamber on east. Cut in rock. No blocking. Break through shaft E. Cleared. Drawing.

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G 4631 D: In shaft and chamber. Lined with dubsh above, only east lined with crude brick and rock below. It is north of F. Down 5.65 meters. Excavated before 4.7 meters. Limestone debris and dubsh. Chamber on south. Cut in rock. No blocking. Cleared. Not reached the rock in shaft. The shaft descended below the chamber.

G 4631 F: In shaft. Lined with dubsh and bound with mud. Only on east lined with crude brick. It is north of G. Total depth 2.45 meters. Excavated before 1.7 meters. Sand and dirty debris. Ended at rock. No chamber, type 7x.

G 4631 G: In shaft. Lined with dubsh on north and west, and with crude brick on south and east. It is south of F. Total depth 2.6 meters. Ended at rock. No chamber, type 7x.

G 4631 H: In shaft. Lined with dubsh, only on south with crude brick. It is west of G. Total depth 1.8 meters. Excavated before 1.1 meters. Sand and dirty debris. Ended at rock. No chamber, type 7x.

Friday, July 16, 1937

Work on
(1) G 4631 A, D

(1) G 4631
G 4631 A: In shaft and chamber. Total depth 6.6 meters. Limestone debris, dubsh, dirty debris and potsherds. Chamber on southwest. Cut in rock. No blocking. Cleared. Drawing on page 496.

G 4631 D: In shaft, below chamber I. Total depth 7.6 meters. White limestone debris. Chamber II appeared on north. Cut in rock. Blocked with stones and dubsh and bound with mud. Blocking left for photo.

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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
    07/12/1937; 07/13/1937; 07/14/1937; 07/15/1937; 07/16/1937
  • Translator
    Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Mentioned on page
    Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)
  • Author
    Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 2015

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2016

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4631

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 3

Ancient People

  • Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Wife of King Snefru, founder of Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty, and mother of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Her burial was hidden in a secret chamber (labeled G 7000 X) nearly 90 feet underground, and contained beautiful pieces of gilded and inlaid wooden furniture, silver jewelry, and a large alabaster sarcophagus that was found to be mysteriously empty.

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.