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Saturday, February 21, 1925 (continued)

(2) Avenue G 0, in cement block of G 7000 X (continued)
seen clear of obstruction and covered with a beautiful layer of white cement [= plaster // GAR]. Between courses 3 and 4 there was a good deal of dry black dust evidently trickled down through the block from above. The half-course at the south was called 3a and was intended to compensate for the slope in courses 1-3 so that 4 might be laid horizontally. Courses 4 and 5 were both covered with layers of cement [= plaster // GAR] very perfect, 5 being absolutely intact. Work ceased at about 4:50 with course 5 still exposed with its cement [= plaster // GAR] removed. It is now clear that this is the approach to an undisturbed tomb or cache of the Old Kingdom. Four steps are now visible and at the south end of the cutting the top of the door can just be felt with a stick below this course (5). [Photo references: Course 2 - B5634, looking south; B3635, looking east. Course 3 - B5636, looking south; B5637, looking south; C10908, looking south. Course 3a - C10909, looking south. Course 4 - B5638, plaster, looking south; B5639, masonry, looking south. Course 5 - C10910, looking south. // GAR]

(3) G 7102
G 7102 C: The lid of the stone coffin of Iduw [Idu] having been removed today the inscription inside giving his name and titles was copied.

Work on the sides of the Great Pyramid has now ceased as the desired aims have been reached.

Sunday, February 22, 1925
102nd day of work

Quftis: 85
Locals: 109
[total]: 194

Cars emptied:
Line VI 6:40 am - 8:00 am: 88, 8:30 am - noon: 280, 1:00 pm - 5:15 pm: 255
[total] 623

work on:
(1) Street G 7500
(2) G 7000 X

(1) Street G 7500
A small crude brick mastaba containing several pits, a long north-south chamber with roofing slabs at south and an inscribed stela in position the whole of which was later covered with mud and reused for a late burial in a wooden coffin, has been found north of G 7517. It has been named G 7521. At the south end of the chapel is perhaps a second stela under this later mud. This chapel was lined with limestone slabs. The inscribed fragment drawn overleaf [25-2-922] came from the north end of this chapel.

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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
    02/21/1925; 02/22/1925
  • Mentioned on page
    Idu (G 7102)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 7

People 2

Ancient People

  • Idu (G 7102)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7102. Appears multiple times in tomb decoration (chapel relief, architrave, door jambs, statuary), identified variously as [jmj-r Hwt wrt jmj-r sSw mrt xntj-S mnnfr-ppj Xrj tp nswt] overseer of the great chapel, overseer of scribes of the meret-serfs, palace attendant of (the pyramid-town) Mennefer-Pepi, he who is at the head of the king; in situ in G 7102. Possibly same individual as Idu (in G 7101), son of Qar (owner of G 7101). The relationship between Qar and Idu is difficult to determine; it seems certain that they are father and son, but it is not clear which is which since they each have a son named after the other (i.e. Qar has a son named Idu, Idu has a son named Qar). Qar (G 7101) has a sister named Bendjyt who may be identical to Bendjet, a daughter of Idu (G 7102), in which case Idu would be the father of Qar, but this is not at all certain.

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.