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Saturday, February 28, 1925 (continued)

(1) Street G 7500 (continued)
"Pit north of G 7522" [G 7509 R]: Clearing chamber on west. Robbers' debris.
"Pit north of former" [G 7509 S]: Clearing chamber on south. Filthy block debris with bones of late burials.

(2) G 7510
A number of men are now again searching for pits on the top of the mastaba west of G 7522. They have cleared several holes in the core.

(6) G 7000 X
By 9 am the depth reached was 1230 cm and here came a stone with [GLYPHS] on one side and [GLYPHS] on another.
As the pit descended the filling deteriorated in quality. Much of the space was filled with limestone chips and blocks of somewhat irregular shape. The number of marks on the blocks fell, and the cement [= plaster // GAR] became drab in color through admixture with the powdered surface of the sandy rock, and no longer like a heavy fall of snow as it had at about 600 cm. Two men were dislodging the blocks and breaking them up and filling the two baskets while three men pulled the ropes for the baskets, two on each in turn.
Depth reached at noon was 1340 cm.
During the afternoon progress continued slowly and the average depth reached was 1450 cm by 5 p.m..
Reexamining the south wall of the shrine of offerings this afternoon we found five vertical strokes close together high and immediately under the slope of the door, written in black ink [ILLUSTRATION]. Below seems to be continuation of two long vertical strokes. Does this allude to the depth of the pit at this point (i.e. about 14-15 ells) and read [ILLUSTRATION](?) As the writing is very indistinct it is impossible to be certain.
Near the center of the west wall of the shrine, on about the level of the lower jaw of the bull immediately below the debris surface, was found this afternoon a chip of basalt about 3 cm long. Basalt was used for the causeway of Khufu overhead and very slightly to the north.

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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
    02/28/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

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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.