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Friday, November 14, 1924 (continued)

(General continued)
This afternoon Dr. Coleman of the C.M.S. Hospital sent a note today that Ali Mahmud Ahmed the boy hurt on November 8 was not expected to live. Sent Mahmud el Meyyit and two men in to Hospital. Blood poisoning has intervened.

Saturday, November 15, 1924
Fourteenth day of work.

Quftis: 85
locals: 83
Total: 168

This morning el Meyyit returned at 10 a.m. to say that Ali Mahmud had died in the night. I drove in to attend the inquest at the hospital and returned about 1 o'clock p.m. The body was taken to Qasr el-Aini for post mortem. [We notified the relations in Quft, and shall give him a decent burial. The examination shows that he was himself entirely to blame as he had disobeyed orders in taking over the pushing of the cart - a duty for which he had not been trained. It is very regrettable. We carry him on the paysheet to the end of the year for the benefit of the family.]

Work on
(1) street between G I-b and G I-a, [avenue G 1]

(1) Avenue G 1
Street between G I-b and G I-a. Continued clearing debris between G I-b and G I-a. [ILLUSTRATION] Owing to Vyse's old clearing the gang along G I-b progressed faster while the northern gang were delayed by the mass of debris thrown down from the upper part of pyramid G I-a by the Nas-er-Sisi for whom the right to take stone from this pyramid was prescribed by tradition. The edge sections of Vyse's cut show a semicircular mound of debris around the entrance to sloping passage of G I-b thrown out from that entrance. The pottery in this debris (black with organic decay) is of Ptolemaic-Roman types [ILLUSTRATION] etc. Evidently the late communal burial which Vyse found in burial chambers G I-b have already been plundered. There were also the usual fragments of amulets, etc. found in the black debris further east (cf. communal burial in Menkaure Pyramid Temple 27).

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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
    11/14/1924; 11/15/1924
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Ali Mahmud Ahmed
    Dr. Coleman
    Mahmud Ahmed Said 'el-Meyyet' (Reis)
    Richard William Howard Vyse, British, 1784–1853

Tombs and Monuments 4

Photos 1

People 5

Modern People

  • Ali Mahmud Ahmed

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Injured expedition worker who later died from his injuries.
  • Dr. Coleman

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks C.M.S. Hospital
  • 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).
  • Richard William Howard Vyse

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1784–1853
    • Remarks Army officer, excavator, author and benefactor; Drew up plans of Zawiet el-Aryan in 1837. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.