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Immediately to the east of the southern of the [pyramid] boat trenches parallel to the east face of the Great Pyramid there are, cut in the gebel surface, small holes resembling those in the foundation platform of the temple of G I-d.
There are also curious cuts on the gebel surface northeast of the Great Pyramid, resembling a long and narrow passage from north to south and to the west of this are many holes similar to those in the foundation platforms of temples little to the south of this complex.
Near the northwest corner of the Great Pyramid is an area with leveled surface as for a foundation. Here also there seem to be holes cut in the rock.

Summary of period 10 April - 24 June

10 April, 1925
Greenlees left in the early morning for Boston via England.

12 April, 1925
Mr. Lindon Smith left camp with his daughter, Mr. Rowe having returned on 11th. Ali Ga'd Ali who was charged with obtaining 40 P.T. etc. from Mr. Tottenham was sentenced to three months imprisonment.

19 May, 1925
Rowe received a letter from Dr. Gordon, Philadelphia, offering him the Directorship of excavations at Beisan, Palestine. He accepted this offer, and wired to Dr. Reisner advising him of his resignation.

21 May, 1925
Dr. Reisner accepted Rowe's resignation, it being agreed that he should stay until 1st August at the Pyramids.

28 May, 1925
The body of G 7101 V was found broken and disturbed.

30 May, 1925
The blocking in the door of G 7214 C was removed. Several fine bronze statuettes of deities were cleaned in a salt bath.

7 June, 1925
Greenlees left England on his return, the proposed journey to Boston having been abandoned on telegraphic news from Dr. Reisner's of Rowe's resignation. The long delay in England had been caused by USA visa difficulties.

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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
    04/07/1925 through 06/07/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–
  • Mentioned on page
    Alan Jenvey Rowe, British, 1890–1968
    Ali Ga'd Ali
    Dr. Gordon
    Frances Greenleaf Smith
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Mr. Tottenham
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 3

Photos 1

People 9

Modern People

  • Alan Jenvey Rowe

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1890–1968
    • Remarks Egyptologist and archaeologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Ali Ga'd Ali

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Briefly assistant chauffeur at Harvard Camp; dismissed for theft. Also illegally obtained copy of official Press Bureau communique concerning tomb of Hetepheres (G 7000 X) and stole 30 PT from Mr. Tottenham; sentenced to three months imprisonment.
  • Dr. Gordon

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Visitor from Philadelphia
  • Frances Greenleaf Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Daughter of Joseph Lindon Smith; like her father she also painted scenes reproductions of tomb paintings at Giza.
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • Joseph Lindon Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1863–1950
    • Remarks Artist /expedition painter and copyist; Daughters Rachael and Frances also painted. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mr. Tottenham

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