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Thursday, March 26, 1925

work on:
(1) Street G 7500, G 7510 I, G 7516 D
(2) Avenue G 2, G 7231 B
(3) G 7510

(1) Street G 7500
G 7510 I: In the east room to the south there is an anthropoid rock coffin, head west, open and empty. To the north there is a second, head west, sealed with three blocks (largest to west) set is a very hard mortar containing sand. It was cleverly concealed in the floor with the rough surface of this mortar very like "rock" and its presence was only revealed by the sound consequent on tapping. The edges of this grave were traced with a turiya and the stones picked out in preparation for a photograph.
In the south room at the east there is a large rough limestone coffin, head north, sealed with similar white mortar. The floor to the west is not yet exposed.
G 7516 D: The skeleton in the limestone coffin here was cleaned today for a second photograph showing the bones. No objects have been found here.

(2) Avenue G 2
G 7231 B: The roofing slabs of this chamber were removed this morning and the burials dissected out from the wet clayey soil.
In the lower debris, just above the bodies, were found two small model offering posts [ILLUSTRATION] and [ILLUSTRATION] near the head end.
At the west side was a human skeleton dismembered but apparently complete and undisturbed. Head lying on back of head towards north. Lower jaw dropped off and down. Ribs in place. Pelvis inverted. Femora inverted and laid behind pelvis. Spine displaced. Traces of hands at south of grave.
At the east side the complete skeleton of a small monkey lying on right side opposite the man.


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  • 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
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 5

People 1

Modern People

  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1899–
    • Remarks Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, born South Africa, Sivaratri, March 10, 1899. British subject with a Scottish father and an English mother. For a brief period during 1925 he was a staff member of Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, who later joined the Theosophist movement in India. Greenlees received his MA degree in 1922 from Oxford, where he studied Egyptian, Coptic and Arabic. April 2,1925, Greenlees appointed Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at MFA.