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Thursday January 21, 1926 (continued)

(1) G 7000 X (continued)
a) The masons who closed the doorway with masonry helped themselves.
b) The whole burial was formerly in another tomb and was transferred to this [secret // GAR] tomb.
I believe that the real reason is that this is a reburial but the theft of masons may have added to the confusion.
The irregular course of the lower part of the shaft is due to the fact that it descends between two cracks in the limestone. The layer of limestone between has been cut away, and walls north and south dressed in part. The chamber is cut in the same rock to the south.
[ILLUSTRATION]

*A3674, A3675, A3676. View from the pit.

Dunham remained to take a record of the course of limestone blocks exposed last year. Afterwards Mohammedani took a photo (underexposed). Said reblocked the doorway and he and Dunham came up about 5 p.m. Mahmud el Meyyit and his men took over the guard for the night.

(2) Street G 7000 S (south)
Work went very slowly in this street owing to the number of men occupied on pits and on G 7000 X. Clearing G 7050 east face, pit and chamber.

(3) G 7050
Clearing the east face of G 7050 and worked out the hollow in the mound. Exposed the mouth of Pit A denuded to about C2 and filled with dirty mixed debris.
Also exposed remains of offering chamber of white stone.
[ILLUSTRATION]

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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
    01/21/1926
  • Mentioned on page
    Dows Dunham, American, 1890–1984
    Mahmud Ahmed Said 'el-Meyyet' (Reis)
    Mohammedani Ibrahim
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 3

Photos 1

People 5

Modern People

  • Dows Dunham

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1890–1984
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Curator; Assistant Curator, Egyptian Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mahmud Ahmed Said 'el-Meyyet' (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1926–1933. Brother of Said Ahmed Said (Head Reis 1908-1926) and father of Duwy Mahmud Ahmed (Head Reis 1933-1935).
  • Mohammedani Ibrahim

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition photographer.
  • Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1908–1926. In his "A History of the Giza Necropolis I," George A Reisner described Said Ahmed Said as "the most gifted foreman who ever worked for the expedition." Father of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936–1939), Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator), Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.