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Monday, March 2, 1925 (continued)

(5) Tops of mastabas
Several of the mastabas were worked on today including in the afternoon. G 7210 and G 7510.

(6) G 7000 X and pyramid G I-d
A party of men this morning cleared the whole pyramid temple area down to rock and swept it bare. A number of fresh "lever" holes were found, some of them of about 30 cm diameter. One large piece of wood with both surfaces preserved [see Saturday April 4, 1925 // GAR] and several smaller fragments came from the second hole to south in second row from west. A few small pieces came from the hole nearest to west edge of pit. Work continued here during the afternoon, still more wood being found in the bottom of several more of these holes.

A second party of men were turned on to clear the rock to the east of the "cutting" for pyramid G I-d. Several holes were found here. Two "Roman" granaries were removed in order to enable this work to be done.

From the cement [= plaster // GAR] markings on the foundations immediately north of the pyramid face it is now certain that the floor of the temple here was of large slabs of stone. There is a large patch of yellowish cement [= plaster // GAR] still at the east edge of the temple towards the north. This probably belongs to the floor-slabs. The great number of these "lever" holes in the foundation and their extent northwards to the scarped edge of rock beyond the pit make it almost certain that the pit was further concealed by the temple floor.

One piece of rock used in blocking the pit mouth is now seen to bear a mark in strong red paint lines [ILLUSTRATION], partly concealed by cement [= plaster // GAR] hitherto.

Early in the morning the rock down the pit was reported good on all sides save the west. But later at 1690 cm. was found another streak of sandy deposit running down from east to west. At noon the depth reached on the south was 1770 cm. Below this level behind the pile of blocks still left at the west for the men with the ropes could just be seen a patch of fine hard yellow sandstone. The rock on east and north continued to be fine hard limestone.

[ILLUSTRATION]

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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
    03/02/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 4

Photos 1

People 1

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.