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Tuesday, December 8, 1925 (continued) [repeated, similar entry to page 53]

About 5 p.m. I received the following wireless from the Floyd Triestino S.S. Pilsma then on her way from Suez to Aden and India, dated 8/12/25 10 a.m.
"Sorry, imperative continue journey India. Unexpected. Please grant six weeks leave unsalaried, wire Aden"
Unsigned but of course from Greenlees. I learn from Wheeler that Greenlees went to meet a party of Theosophists going to India and had intended to accompany them on the steamer from Port Said to Suez.
The expedition is working and every day of his absence will involve us in increasing difficulties of registration.

Wednesday, December 9, 1925
Nineteenth day of work.

Very cold day. Noon temperature (shade) 18 degrees centigrade.

Quftis: 102

Work on:
(1) G 6020 western side
(2) G 6021
(3) G 6022
(4) G 6023
(5) G 6024 and G 6025
(6) G 6032
(7) cemetery G 7000 SW (southwest)

Cars emptied:
Line I to 8:00 am: 28, 8:30 - noon: 65, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: 62
total: 155
Line II to 8:00 am: 24, 8:30 - noon: 58, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: 65
total: 147
grand total: 302
about three-fourths of gang (seventy-five men) on these lines [400]. The drop in number of cars is undoubtedly due to cold weather and west wind.

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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
    12/08/1925; 12/09/1925
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Noel F. Wheeler, British
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 8

People 3

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.
  • Noel F. Wheeler

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British
    • Remarks Wheeler was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy according to George A. Reisner's, "A HIstory of the Giza Necropolis, Vol. I."
  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.