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Friday, March 13, 1925
120th day of work

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

[Said: (1) Street 7500, (2) pit G 7000 X, (3) pit G 7508, (4) pit G 7510 N, (5) pit G 7523 A, (6) pit G 7610 T, (7) pit G 7620 H, (8) pit G 7620 K, (9) pit G 7641 H

(1) Street G 7500
Work has been resumed in the south end of the street and in several of the pits, Quftis only being now employed on the excavations for several days.
Near the north wall of G 7631 a rainwater channel, beginning as a shallow undulation and swiftly turning into a, relatively, deep channel, runs south, south-southeast and finally east-southeast under the wall of G 7631. A little further to the south, against the west wall of this mastaba, there is a small tank.
G 7508 C: Pit clear. 1040 deep. Chamber on south.
G 7510 N: Down 480 in dirty debris.
G 7523 A: Chamber on west contains a rock cut grave in the floor, covered with slabs, as yet undisturbed.
G 7610 T: Clearing pit. Down 800. Chambers on west, north, and south.
G 7610 X: Clearing pit.
G 7620 H: Clearing pit.
G 7641 H: Clearing pit. Down 370. Chamber on west.
Immediately to the west of G 7641 E there is what looks like a large pit but is probably only a square depression in the rock of the mastaba floor of G 7510. On the south wall of this near the center is a simple vertical line of red paint. The "floor" (?) consists of several rough slabs which have been mortared or plastered together.

(2) G 7000 X
Evidences of a use of this tomb at least two periods are not wanting. Rough stones possibly connected with the construction of the blocking in the west wall of the chamber lie upon some of the gold (e.g. fragments of the gold mat now fallen anciently of course! on the floor under the coffin) and under other (e.g. the gold plating from furniture, which collapsed after the decay of the wood). The blocking of the pit seems to be the same work as that in the west wall. The "pit cutting" in the floor seems filled mainly with debris.
[Later - Possibly the broken coffin lid of limestone in the pit may come from a rifled burial below this?? // GAR ] A small slab of silver(?) found upon the bull's jaws in the shrine of offerings has now been completely authenticated.

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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
    03/13/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 8

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.