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Monday, February 16, 1925 (continued)

(1) Street G 7500 (continued)
G 7640 B: This is a shallow grave east of and new to G 7640 A. It is roofed with slabs one of which is an architrave plundered from a large mastaba inscribed thus: [GLYPHS]

"Pit north of G 7637 X" [G 7641 D]: Down 150 cm in disturbed debris.

(2) G 7410
G 7410 B: Work was commenced this morning upon the sarcophagus [MFA 27.441] of the Queen Meresankh. Fourteen men very carefully moved the lid away from the body to the edge of the opposite wall, using ropes and sliding wooden beams covered with cloth under it. Then the coffin itself was carefully tilted up and over into the vertical position and aligned with the door of the chamber. This process revealed the new texts on the (hitherto) underside of the coffin

[ILLUSTRATION/GLYPHS]

These texts were found to be in even better condition than those on the west side and the detail of the work was very good and clear. Under the coffin were found several fragments of red granite belonging to it, a number of fragments of a pot of red ware, and a half-kohl pot of alabaster. [ILLUSTRATION] probably contemporary with the burial. Inside the coffin were fragments of human bones and many bones of bats.

Meanwhile the clearing on the three faces of the Pyramid continued and on the south face several Arabic inscriptions were added to those Greek already noted. Work on this face ceased today.

Wednesday, February 18, 1925
98th day of work

Quftis: 85
Locals: 105
[total]: 190

Cars emptied:
Line VI 6:40 am - 8:00 am: 74, 8:30 am - noon: 203, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: 233
[total] 510

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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
    02/16/1925; 02/17/1925; 02/18/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–
  • Mentioned on page
    Meresankh II (G 7410-7420)

Tombs and Monuments 4

Photos 1

People 2

Ancient People

Modern People

  • 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.