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Diary Transcription:

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Tuesday, March 16, 1926 (continued)

(1) G 7000 X (continued)
No. 254: Is the flat underside of 244 - 245.
When these had been taken up, we saw a vertical line of gold hieroglyphics lying face down with fragments of decayed wood over them.
It seems to be the same as the vertical text 217 and 218 etc. but some signs have probably fallen down out of sight in both inscriptions.
There appears to be another vertical line on east and another on the walls forming a rectangle.

The wood (decayed fragments) was treated with celluloid solution. The next move is to take up the wood, 2) the hieroglyphs, 3) the large leg against the wall, 4) other large sheets of gold leaf under these-and thus expose the underlying inlays.
No trace of the king's name has yet been found. But the titles appear to refer to a king's daughter, a king's wife, a king's mother. I judge her the mother of Khufu, the wife of Sneferu, the daughter of Huni.
cf. Bet Hallaf and Mahasna, pl X No. 7
Sethe (page 21) reads
"all that she says is done for her"

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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
    Kurt Heinrich Sethe, German, 1869–1934
    Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 1

Photos 1

People 6

Ancient People

  • Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Wife of King Snefru, founder of Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty, and mother of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Her burial was hidden in a secret chamber (labeled G 7000 X) nearly 90 feet underground, and contained beautiful pieces of gilded and inlaid wooden furniture, silver jewelry, and a large alabaster sarcophagus that was found to be mysteriously empty.
  • Huni

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Last king of Dynasty 3. Possibly father of Hetepheres I.
  • 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.
  • Snefru

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks First king of Dynasty 4. Father of 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.
  • Kurt Heinrich Sethe

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1869–1934
    • Remarks Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.