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Thursday, December 18, 1924
Forty-second day of work.

Passed thirty-seven cases through museum and arranged for shipment. Thirty cases had to be transported from Giza river bank to museum! Seven from pyramids. And lumber from Girga camp had to be brought up [from Giza river bank to pyramids]. Had to take Said Ahmed and seven first class men off the works to handle the transport.

Quftis: 85
locals: 136
Total: 211

Cars emptied:
Line II
6:45 - 8:00 am: 44
8:30 - 12:00 noon: 120
1:00 - 4:30 pm: 110
total: 274

Line III
6:45 - 8:00 am: 45
8:30 - 12:00 noon: 110
1:00 - 4:30 pm: 60
total: 215

6:45 - 8:00 am: 99
8:30 - 12:00 noon: 230
1:00 - 4:30 pm: 170
total: 499
The decrease at line II was due to the face that the railroad at north end of G 7120 passed through the high debris and came into a series of depressions which has to [be] banked up in the afternoon. The gang was set in clearing front of G 7230 but as most of the earth was used on the line to fill depressions the cars did not appear on the dump and were uncounted. The absence of the seven Quftis in Cairo probably also had a slightly disorganizing effect.

Work on:
(1) G 7120 A
(2) Avenue G 2 and street G 7100
(3) G 7130 A
(4) G 7132 A
(5) G 7221 front and A [street G 7200, see (6) and (7) below]
(6) Street G 7200 and line III
(7) G 7230 front
(8) G 7320 A
(9) Khufu causeway, [avenue G 0]

(1) G 7120
G 7120 A: Continued clearing chamber of Pit A. Exposed part of red granite coffin [24-12-1204], broken but inscribed [inscribed for Kawab].

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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
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)
    Kawab (G 7110-7120)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 10

People 4

Ancient People

  • Kawab (G 7110-7120)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7120, along with Hetepheres [II] (original owner of G 7110). Son of Khufu and Meretites [I]. Appears in chapel relief in tomb of his daughter Meresankh III (owner of G 7530-7540), main room (east wall), identified as [jrj-pat sA nswt smsw n Xt=f Xrj-Hb Hrj-tp xrp jAwt nTrt aA dwAw] hereditary prince, king's eldest son of his body, chief lector-priest, director of divine offices, assistant of (the god) Duau; in situ in G 7530-7540). Also mentioned in tomb of his steward Khemetnu (owner of G 5210).
  • Khufu

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Second king of Dynasty 4, son of Snefru. Builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Cheops. Horus name: [mDdw] Medjedu. Full birth-name: Khnum-Khufu.

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Author
    • 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.
  • 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.