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Friday, April 3, 1925

Mr. Rowe left this morning for a fortnight in Alexandria in the hope of recovering his strength after the attack of malaria started on Sunday 15 March, which had since recurred several times.
A cable arrived from Dr. Reisner at 10 a.m. authorizing a request to be made to Mr. Lindon Smith to paint a view of the tomb G 7000 X and for Mr. Lacau to authorize the private reopening of the chamber with this in view. [This proposal originated at the camps not from me. // GAR]
Instructions were also included to Greenlees to proceed to Boston via England.

Saturday, April 4, 1925

A letter from Mr. Quibell this morning stated that Mr. Lacau did not wish the tomb to be reopened, and a cable was according sent to Dr. Reisner.
Among the ushabtis from G 7632 A (and with) those of Nesiptah, was one bearing the name of [TRANSLITERATION] [Psamtik-seneb] which would seem to date the whole to Dynasty 26. or at latest shortly after.
The piece of wood from one of the holes (in the temple platform) of G 7000 X, referred to on page 272 (near top), is roughly wedge-shaped [ILLUSTRATION]

work on:
G 7510 X

G 7510
G 7510 X: The passage leading from the bottom of this pit westwards through very bad rock has been reported cleared. It contained no late bodies or limbs whereas the chamber contained many, all broken.

[clearly a thieves' passage only. -T. R. D. Greenlees]

Sunday, April 5, 1925

The men were employed all the morning in collecting all the antiquities hitherto found in G 7000 X and now in the camp into one magazine together.
This afternoon a limestone door socket was found in the west of the southern doorway of the exterior chapel of G 7320. It seems of the usual shape and size.
The hole in the ground outside the chapel of G 7220 has been explored. It was evidently the site of an old factory for sarcophagi (?) of red Aswan granite, [but may as well have been a rubbish dump heap after final workings on the "sarcophagi" T. R. D. Greenlees] for great numbers of fragments of this and of hammers of black granite, one [ILLUSTRATION] are here and continue some way under the present floor. Carbon was also found here. Possibly fire was used in cracking the stone first.
Details of sailings arrived from Cairo today.
Mr. Lindon Smith has now finished the profile portrait of Ankhaf and the bust statue of [Idu] in his tomb [G 7102].

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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
    04/03/1925; 04/04/1925; 04/05/1925
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–
  • Mentioned on page
    Alan Jenvey Rowe, British, 1890–1968
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    James Edward Quibell, British, 1867–1935
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Pierre Lucien Lacau, French, 1873–1963
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–
    Ankh-haf (G 7510)
    Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)
    Idu (G 7102)
    Nesiptah (in G 7632)
    Psamtik-seneb (in G 7632)

Tombs and Monuments 6

Photos 1

People 12

Ancient People

  • Ankh-haf (G 7510)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 7510. Husband of Hetepheres.
  • Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Wife of King Snefru, founder of Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty, and mother of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Her burial was hidden in a secret chamber (labeled G 7000 X) nearly 90 feet underground, and contained beautiful pieces of gilded and inlaid wooden furniture, silver jewelry, and a large alabaster sarcophagus that was found to be mysteriously empty.
  • 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.
  • Nesiptah (in G 7632)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Daughter ([ms n] born) of Tashamsha. Set of ca. 395+ inscribed and uninscribed ushabtis (25-3-263), with ca. 44 (MFA 25.4857 – MFA 25.4900) inscribed for Nesiptah (uninscribed ushabtis from this set attributed to Nesiptah); found in G 7632 A, chamber of sub-pit e = A IX, in and beside wood coffin.
  • Psamtik-seneb (in G 7632)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Set of eight inscribed and uninscribed ushabtis (25-3-263), with one ushabti inscribed for Psamtik-seneb, and one inscribed Psam (uninscribed ushabtis from this set may or may not have belonged to Psamtik-seneb); found with ushabtis of Nesiptah in G 7632 A, chamber of sub-pit e = A IX, in and beside wood coffin (probably instrusive, possibly before burial).

Modern People

  • Alan Jenvey Rowe

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1890–1968
    • Remarks Egyptologist and archaeologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • 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.
  • James Edward Quibell

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1867–1935
    • Remarks Egyptologist; husband of Annie Abernethie. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Joseph Lindon Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1863–1950
    • Remarks Artist /expedition painter and copyist; Daughters Rachael and Frances also painted. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Pierre Lucien Lacau

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates French, 1873–1963
    • Remarks Egyptologist. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology. (1873-1963) French Egyptologist; born at Brie-Comte-Robert, 25 Nov. 1873, son of Louis Clément L., an architect, and Lucie AdéIe Belin; he at first entered the Ecole Normale intending to take up geology and studied Natural Science at the Sorbonne; he then turned to philosophy taking his degree in this sub- ject 1897, but studying oriental languages simultaneously; he learnt Hebrew and wrote an article on a text in this language in the Revue d'Assyriologie when he was only twenty-one; the influence of Maspero (q.v.) led him to study Coptic and Egyptian and he joined the lnstitut Français at his suggestion and began work for the Cairo general catalogue; he arrived in Egypt in 1899 and in 1901 published his first article on an Egyptian subject, Textes de I'Ancien Testament en copte sahidique, in the Rec Trav, his first volume for the Catalogue on the coffins in the museum in Cairo followed in1906;in this work he not only revealed his philological knowledge in transcribing the texts, but also noted most carefully all the constructional details and provided useful diagrams as illustration; this work led him to become interested in religious texts and he published a series of articles on the Coffin Texts in Rec Trav, 26-37, which was of great importance before the appearance of the comprehensive work of de Buck (q.v.); he also wrote a number of articles on Egyptian grammar at this period; in 1912 Lacau was appointed Director of the IFAO in Cairo and the following year was elected a member of the lnstitut Egyptien; on 7 Oct. 1914 he was appointed Director of the Antiquities Service but delayed his departure to Egypt for war service until sept. 1915 when he was sent back to Egypt so that he could arrange a proper administration for the Antiquities Service throughout the war period; this done he returned to France, 1916, after delegating his work to the Secretary-General G. Daressy (q.v.); he returned to Egypt in 1917 and resumed his duties; in 1919 he married Anne-Marie Bernard, daughter of the Geography Professor at the Sorbonne, and was made Director of the Institut Français; he was made a correspondant of the Acad. des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 1923; in the period after the war Lacau issued directives for the partial uncovering of the funerary temples and their dependant buildings at Saqqara, and for the study of the Memphite tombs both architecturally and functionally, and for essential restoration and consolidation work to be carried out at Karnak; sondages were also to be made with a view to making possible the publication of all the completed parts; at the time of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun Lacau insisted on all the finds being retained in Egypt and secured the entire collection for Cairo Museum; he returned to France in 1936, and succeeded Moret (q.v.) in his chair in Paris 1938; in 1939 he became a Member of the Acad. des Inscriptions et Belles- Lettres; after the war he paid three further visits to Egypt, 1950-4, and died in Paris, 27 March 1963; his principal works were, Sarcophages antérieurs au Nouvel Empire, 2 vols. 1904- 6; Fragments d'apocryphes coptes, 1904; Textes coptes en dialectes akhmimique et sahidique, 1908; Textes religieux égyptiens, I pt. 1910; Stéles du Nauvel Empire, 2 vols. 1909,1926, for Cairo Cat.; Une stéle juridique de Karnak, 1949-, Sur le systéme hiéroglyphique, 1954; Une chapelle, de Sésostris ler à Karnak, with H. Chevrier, 1956; La Pyramide ? degrés, tom. 4. Inscriptions gravées sur les vases, with J. P. Lauer, 2 pts., 1959, 1961; Une chapelle d'Hatshebsout à Kamak, with H. Chevrier, 2nds, 1977, 1979. ASAE 59 (1966), 33-52 (portr.) (J. P. Lauer); Annuaire du Collége de France 63 (1963), 39- 41 (M. Bataillon); AfO 21 (1966), 272-3 (J. Leclant); BIFA062 (1964), 231-5 (F. Daumas); Chron. D' Eg. 38 (1966), 244-6 (B. van de Walle); CRAIBL1963, 1964, 105-11 (P. Montet); Rev. Arch. 1963, ii, 55-8 (Ch. Picard); Rev. d'Eg. 15 (1963), 7-10 (portr.) (J. Sainte Fare Garnot); Rev. del'Histoire des Religions, cxliv, no. 444 (1963),128-31 (J. Sainte Fare Garnot).
  • 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.
  • 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.