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Wednesday, April 1, 1925

work on:
(1) G 7510 J, N, X

[(1) G 7510]
Pit G 7510 J: The three rooms at bottom of the pit contain similar _____ of late burials, nearly all disturbed and broken up. A few pots belonging to the funeral furniture remain(?) in position. These rooms will be cleared of broken burials and the remainder described in fuller detail.
In the west room of the higher level, the skulls of broken bodies gave the following sexes:
Women 1 (+1) Girls 2 = (?)4
Men 9 (+3) Boys 0 = (?)12
The numbers in brackets represent those whose sex could not be certainly told.
The undisturbed bodies in southeast corner are as follows:
1) child face down 1.05 meters long (=3 ft. 5)
2) near to wall 1.52 meters long (female)
3) next to west 1.59 meters long (female)
4) lying further to west alongside, hips to ankles only (?) (male)
Total bodies in this room 20+.

Pit G 7510 N: South chamber. Floor grave on east when opened revealed a body somewhat disturbed, prone on back, head in socket at north, facing west. Ribs tumbled around throat. No supraorbital ridge (= (?) male). Left humerus near back of head.

Pit G 7510 X: This pit is now being cleared. The depth of over 7 meters has been reached. Clean sand mixed with a few fragments of Roman bodies and a few chips of painted pottery (Coptic?) have been brought up. There are two chambers.

Professor Newberry called at the works this morning and was shown around. He kindly identified the species of monkey in G 7231 B as Circopithecus [GLYPHS].

Mr. Lindon Smith began work on a profile painting of the bust of Ankhaf from G 7510 this afternoon. Since Sunday he and his daughter have been engaged in painting the bust and northern statue of [Idu] in G 7102.

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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
  • Mentioned on page
    Frances Greenleaf Smith
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Percy N. Newberry
    Ankh-haf (G 7510)
    Idu (G 7102)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 7102

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery
  • G 7231

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery
  • G 7510

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery

People 6

Ancient People

  • Ankh-haf (G 7510)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7510. Husband of Hetepheres.
  • Idu (G 7102)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7102. Appears multiple times in tomb decoration (chapel relief, architrave, door jambs, statuary), identified variously as [jmj-r Hwt wrt jmj-r sSw mrt xntj-S mnnfr-ppj Xrj tp nswt] overseer of the great chapel, overseer of scribes of the meret-serfs, palace attendant of (the pyramid-town) Mennefer-Pepi, he who is at the head of the king; in situ in G 7102. Possibly same individual as Idu (in G 7101), son of Qar (owner of G 7101). The relationship between Qar and Idu is difficult to determine; it seems certain that they are father and son, but it is not clear which is which since they each have a son named after the other (i.e. Qar has a son named Idu, Idu has a son named Qar). Qar (G 7101) has a sister named Bendjyt who may be identical to Bendjet, a daughter of Idu (G 7102), in which case Idu would be the father of Qar, but this is not at all certain.

Modern People

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Percy N. Newberry

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