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Wednesday, March 18, 1925 (continued)

(2) G 7000 X
Our carpenter has now begun work in the pit putting on wooden supports for the rotten parts of the sides.

Yesterday the boys were sent off to Quft and this afternoon Bashreis Mahmud went together with most of the men. There remain 45 to act as guards, as house staff and to finish off various small works in the field, besides the specially trained men, such as photographers, tape-men etc. In all 73 have now returned to Quft.

[March 19 See Said's Diary basing pit G 7000 X]

Friday, March 20, 1925

work on:
G 7000 X etc.

The pit is still being strutted up with wooden planks and it seems likely that the work will take about a week.
The rest of the bones from the shrine of offerings were thoroughly waxed this morning, and the basket containing the fragments of charcoal was examined. Several small chips of pottery were found here, of various wares. The charcoal was weighed and found to be 26.5 ounces say, allowing for several chips adhering to the jaws and for dust, 27.5 ounces in all. There were several chips of ivory.
One man is superintending a little further digging up for Dr. Rusch on the south face of the Great Pyramid, east of the earlier work.
Several men have been lent to Dr. Junker, of those who worked for him in various camps before the war. Dr. Junker has now built a small house for himself in the mastaba field west of the Great Pyramid, where he is working on photography and surveying.
One man still watches the government party who are taking chips from the debris heaps around the Great Pyramid.

Saturday, March 21, 1925

The police reported that they had arrested the man who obtained a copy of the Press Bureau communique and stole 30 PT from Mr. Tottenham. See [Saturday, March 14, 1925, No. 2 // GAR]. The man was seen in the evening and confessed that he had obtained the letter, alleging that he had then destroyed it. His name being Ga'ad Ali-Hassan he is the same as was for a few days assistant to the chauffeur in this camp two years ago and was dismissed for theft. There is probability that it was he who has since obtained money from Mr. Foucart and Mr. Firth or endeavored to do so. Rowe and Mr. Tottenham signed statements in the police station.

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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
    03/18/1925; 03/29/1925; 03/20/1925; 03/21/1925
  • Mentioned on page
    Alan Jenvey Rowe, British, 1890–1968
    Ali Ga'd Ali
    Cecil Mallaby Firth, British, 1878–1931
    Dr. Rusch
    Georges Foucart, French, 1865–1943
    Hermann Junker, German, 1877–1962
    Mahmud (Bashreis)
    Mr. Tottenham
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 2

Photos 1

People 10

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.
  • Cecil Mallaby Firth

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1878–1931
    • Remarks Egyptologist; husband of Winifred Nest Firth. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Dr. Rusch

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Georges Foucart

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates French, 1865–1943
    • Remarks During his Egyptological career, Georges Foucart (1865-1943) was Inspector of Antiquities for Lower Egypt, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bordeaux, Professor of the History of Religions at Aix-en-Provence, and finally Director of the Institut français d'Archéologie Orientale in Cairo between 1915 and 1928. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Hermann Junker

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1877–1962
    • Remarks Egyptologist, Director of German-Austrian expedition to Giza, 1911–1929. Published 12 volumes of final excavation reports from Giza expedition. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mahmud (Bashreis)

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

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
  • Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1908–1926. In his "A History of the Giza Necropolis I," George A Reisner described Said Ahmed Said as "the most gifted foreman who ever worked for the expedition." Father of Mohammed Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Head Reis 1936–1939), Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator), Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.
  • 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.