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Monday, March 16, 1925 (continued)

(1) Street G 7500 (continued)
G 7620 Y: Cleared chamber.

(2) Avenue G 0
Immediately east of the workroom, upon the Khufu Causeway, we have dug today through the Old Kingdom masons' debris down to rock in a small area. Several narrow cuttings run to south of this, most probably for ancient quarrying operations.
At 11 meters northwest of G 7000 X (door at foot of stairs) and about 20 cm above native rock, in this deposit of white chips was found at noon a cylinder seal of limestone [25-3-256] 3.7 cm high, 2.4 in diameter and 8.0 in circumference. Cut in the surface is the following design

[ILLUSTRATION/GLYPHS]

apparently consisting of a palm-tree, a seated man or ape, over the heaven sign [GLYPHS], followed by four or five not yet clear.

(3) G 7000 X
Now lowering blocks back into position in the pit. The board covered with cloth was left over the door, a second was laid in the midst of the re-blocking, over the whole pit. Near the door were laid the best of the blocks. All over surface blocks were pressed in into closest contact possible with one another for greatest strength. This blocking work was continued all day up to the depth of 2380 cm from pit mouth, this representing a solid mass of stonework 247 cm thick.

Wednesday, March 18, 1925
124th day of work

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

(1) Street G 7500
Two blocked chambers have now been opened.
G 7511 B: Pelvis found near north end of chamber, ribs scattered around it, few other small bones, fingers etc. Chips of Old Kingdom (?) ware.
G 7632 F: Narrow [female] head at south resting on hips. Prone on back, hands on pelvis, head originally (?) at north, probably child. Fragment of Old Kingdom red black surface pink polished buff ware.

microfilm: end page 289

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
    03/16/1925; 03/17/1925; 03/18/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 5

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.