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Diary Transcription:

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Sunday, February 14, 1926 (continued)

Wrote canceling all engagements for today and tomorrow. We are inexpressibly grieved at so unexpected a loss. Said has been like a son to us.
The body was taken from the hospital to the railroad station and loaded on a box car at 5 p.m. Left on 7 p.m. Upper Egyptian Express. Twelve men went with it to Quft. Mahmud el Khan (Firth's reis) also went. Dunham saw to matters until all was ready.

Monday, February 15, 1926

Today is the day of Said Ahmed's funeral in Quft; and the men have asked to have this day off as a day of mourning and work tomorrow the regular day of rest.
This morning Breasted published the news of the Rockefeller gift, but not the conditions. Dunham worked on G 7000 X.

(1) G 7000 X
Had four photographs taken of the area of floor south of lower pit.
[ILLUSTRATION]
a. looking south close view of west half of area-A3691
b. looking south close view of east half of area-A3692
c. looking south whole area from edge of lower pit southwards-A3693
d. looking south area to south of the above area (the inlaid box etc.)
Dunham made scale plan one-tenth of this area (a, b).

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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
    02/14/1926; 02/15/1926
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Charles Breasted
    Dows Dunham, American, 1890–1984
    Mahmud el-Khan (Reis)
    Mr. Rockefeller
    Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Reis)

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 6

Modern People

  • Charles Breasted

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Son of James Henry Breasted
  • Dows Dunham

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1890–1984
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Curator; Assistant Curator, Egyptian Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • 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.
  • Mahmud el-Khan (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Reis for Mr. Cecil Mallaby Firth.
  • Mr. Rockefeller

    • 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.