Skip to main content
Diary Transcription:

microfilm: begin page 140

Tuesday, January 12, 1926
Day of rest.

The west wind continues, but the dust and sand have ceased. The storm seems to be weakening.

This morning Mr. Rice of the Thomson-Huston Co. brought out the switch board, the lamp guards and other material (including a signal bell) and mounted them ready to let down the pit.
As soon as I can get Said Ahmed back and Mahmud Qenawi on his feet, we can begin.

Wednesday, January 13, 1926
49th day of work.

The storm died out in the night: light breeze from west.

Qufti: 88

Work on:
(1) Isis Temple, room S, pit
(2) G 7011 H
(3) G 7150

Cars emptied:
Line IV to 8:00 am: 52, 8:30 - noon: 167}working on two big pits and long carry from front of G 7150, 1:00 - 4:30 pm: 152
total: 371

(1) Isis temple
Pit in Room S: At 2.8 meters, a small chamber opening to west. At 6.8 to 8.5 meters, the entrance to a series of chambers i to vi, littered with rubbish and completely plundered as usual. In i there are rude stone coffins and a burial trench (roofed). Rooms ii and vi are not yet clear. The pit goes on down.

(2) G 7011
G 7011 H: Down, 4.9 meters. A chamber on south but pit appears to go on down. Large stones and rubbish.

microfilm: end page 140


  • 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
    01/12/1926; 01/13/1926
  • Mentioned on page
    Mahmud Qenawi (Reis)
    Mr. Rice
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
    Thomson-Hurston Company
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 3

People 4

Modern People

  • 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 Qenawi (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Mr. Rice

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Mr. Rice of the Thomson-Huston Co.
  • 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.

Institutions 1