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November 18, 1925 (continued)

(1) G 6030 (continued)
The front of G 6030 was covered with drift sand nearly to top of entrance doorways. This bank sloped outwards to the lower ground to the east. We began about 20 meters away and worked westwards on the ground level reaching the front of G 6030 at sunset. The surface was covered with fragments of limestone but the drift was nearly clean sand.
From the line marked "rock scarp" above the ground is bare local limestone (very hard), and on this the adjacent mastabas have been built. This line marks the western side of the quarry excavated by Schiaparelli (west of G 4100 -- G 4300) now filled with our dump heaps from G 4000. East of the scarps, the quarry is filled with quarry debris (limestone chip mixed with disturbed reddish geological deposit (as found on surface and in cracks at many places). At the place marked "hole" above, we sunk a pit along the face of the scarp to a depth of a little over two meters. The face of the scarp is the natural face of a geological crack - i.e. not dressed with tools. The other face of the crack has either been quarried away or has sunk down by faulting. In the later case the hollow has been filled from the quarry further to southeast and the quarry must actually begin further away.
Along the edge of the scarp, along the northern side of our clearing we exposed the south walls of a complex of small mastaba (see below).
In the sand, nearly in front of south doorway (that of G 6020) were found on limestone block in relief (foot) four fragments of statues, a statuette and two fragments of canopic jar - all of limestone. Among these one battered head of a woman and an inscribed base of pair statue (two men standing left foot advanced).
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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
    11/18/1925
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 4000

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6020

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 6030

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 1

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.