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Saturday, March 7, 1925 (continued)

(3) Avenue G 0 (continued)
[G 7215 D1 (continued):] a fairly written text in black ink giving name and titles of a Royal Favorite Benqet, a name recalling that of the sister of Qa'ar in G 7101, where it is written [GLYPHS].


(4) G 7000 X
During the early part of the morning came up another of the limestone objects sketched [in entry for Friday, March 6, 1925, No. 6 // GAR] this bearing a scratched [GLYPHS]. This suggested to Rowe a resemblance with similar marks on roofing slabs in the highest chamber of the Great Pyramid where [GLYPHS] [probably for the out-gang which worked to south side] stands for south side, and [GLYPHS] [for that of the north side] (reading [TRANSLITERATION]) stands for north side. Several fragments of the same limestone coffin lid were also found but little pottery.
At 11:15 a regularly laid course of limestone blocks set in fine hard white "gyps"(= gypsum; N.B. for "cement" in this tomb, read "gyps" throughout)[(everything in parenthesis) = plaster as throughout the typed copy, A.B.H.], the level varying from depth of 2480 to 2520 from surface. The "gyps" (= gypsum) was noted to be thickest towards the south. Work ceased to allow a photograph to be taken.
The importance of this being fully realized Rowe and Greenlees both descended the pit to measure the stones of this course and stayed there until about 4:10 p.m. Mixed with the "gyps" (= gypsum) were found many fragments of a very large "tub" shaped pot of coarse red were, clearly used for mixing and holding "gyps" (= gypsum).
The sloping ledge at 20 meters proves very useful to our work, for on it the men have constructed a wooden platform whereupon the sit while pulling the ropes.
Near the west wall at about 2400 cm was found a part of a sharp flint implement, triple-faced [ILLUSTRATION].
At 2550 cm on the east was found a clay pot-sealing intact and quite hard. A small fragment of wooden stick was lying in the interstice at the south - west same level.
At the depth of 2550 at 3:30 p.m. it was observed that the rock surface on the south, here extremely good, fell away at an angle, and immediately afterwards the top of the door to a chamber was revealed. One limestone block was loosened and removed in order to see in. A large chamber is visible extending up a little to east and west of the door. It is possible to see what appears to be a sarcophagus in the foreground upon which are several staves or maces with gilded tops. A good deal of gilding appears on other objects upon the ground. It is certain that the burial is intact.
Work was now diverted towards re-blocking this small hole lest dust should

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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
    Alan Jenvey Rowe, British, 1890–1968
    Bendjet (in G 7102)
    Bendjyt (in G 7101)
    Qar (G 7101)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 5

People 5

Ancient People

  • Bendjet (in G 7102)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Daughter ([sAt=f] his daughter) of Idu (owner of G 7102). Appears in chapel relief, south wall (second register, lead dancer before her father); in situ in G 7102. Possibly same individual as Bendjyt (in G 7101), sister of Qar (owner of G 7101). Possibly buried in G 7215.
  • Bendjyt (in G 7101)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Sister ([snt=f mrt=f] his beloved sister) of Qar (owner of G 7101). Appears in chapel relief, room D (north wall, east end = south face of east pilaster, bottom register, figure on right); in situ in G 7101. Possibly same individual as Bendjet (in G 7102), daughter of Idu (owner of G 7102). Possibly buried in G 7215.
  • Qar (G 7101)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7101. Appears multiple times in tomb decoration (chapel relief, architrave, door jambs, pillar), identified variously as [jmj-r kAt nbt xntj-S mnnfr-mrjjra Xrj tp nswt sS a nswt xft-Hr mAa] overseer of all works, palace attendant of (the pyramid-town) Mennefer-Meryre (Pepi I), he who is at the head of the king, true royal document scribe in the presence; in situ in G 7102. Possibly same individual as Qar (in G 7102), son of Idu (owner of G 7102). 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

  • 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.
  • 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.