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Monday, December 7, 1925 (continued)

(7) G 6032
G 6032 A: Clearing. Down 4.15 meters.

(8) G 7000 SW (southwest)
Continuing to clear trench 20, discovered that the wall supposed to be a mastaba is really the lining of a large pit (numbered G 7000 SW pit 1 [G 7000 SW 1]). The casing has fallen from the upper part, and the top of the casing as preserved is 165 cm below the surface. The pit was filled with stones, rubbish, sand, bones, etc. At a depth of 130 cm below top of casing came on a wooden anthropoid coffin (badly preserved) [25-12-135] upside down in the debris (i.e. thrown in). The coffin and lid appear to be of one log of wood.
The pit is 176 cm (east - west) by 226 cm (north - south)


Finished trench 21 (3.12 meters deep).
Began trench 22.

(9) G 7410 (G 7421)
Finished clearing the unused burial pit in the core between G 7410 and G 7420 which should be called G 7421. Found a pot.

Tuesday, December 8, 1925
Day of rest for men.

Greenlees left on two days leave, Sunday evening and is expected back tonight. Wheeler has been laid up since Sunday with something like dysentery, probably cold in the bowels.

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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
    12/07/1925; 12/08/1925
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Noel F. Wheeler, British
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 5

People 3

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.
  • Noel F. Wheeler

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British
    • Remarks Wheeler was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy according to George A. Reisner's, "A HIstory of the Giza Necropolis, Vol. I."
  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.