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Monday, January 29, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2438
(2) G 5280 east of
(3) G 5380 south of

(1) G 2438
Exposing the east wall. Sand, ruksh and big stones.

(2) G 5280 east of
Photographed lintel of [TRANSLITERATION], lying against east wall of mastaba at south end. 39-9-3.

(3) G 5380 south of
Photographed the stele here, found by Mohammedani, 39-9-4. Work stopped at noon because of high wind and sand storm.

Tuesday, January 30, 1940
Day of rest.

Wednesday, January 31, 1940

Work on:
(1) east of G 2438

(1) East of G 2438
Removing the old dump, and clearing the rest of the east wall of G 2438. Debris. sand, ruksh, rubble, large stones and dirt. East of G 2438, a shaft was revealed, not yet numbered. Objects found in debris east of G 2438: one gray granite (?) hammer 40-1-22
one complete traditional offering jar 40-1-19
four white limestone inscribed and painted fragments 40-1-20
one fragment of white limestone inscribed with a single sign 40-1-21
one limestone statuette 40-1-18. This statue was against a built stone wall probably the northwest corner of another mastaba, east of G 2438.

[margin note: G 2438 objects: 40-1-18, 40-1-21, 40-1-19, 40-1-22, 40-1-20]

Thursday, February 1, 1940

Work on:
(1) G 2435 A, B, C, X, Y Z
(2) East of G 2438

(1) G 2435
G 2435 A: In shaft. Lined above with rubble, cut in rock below. It is south of B and north of C. Total depth 5.1 meters. Sand, ruksh, rubble big stones and fragments of granite. Chamber on south cut in rock. Blocked with one big slab and one small stone and bound with mud. Intact. Left for photo.


G 2435 B: In shaft. Lined above with rubble and cut in rock below. It is north of A. Depth 2.8 meters. Dirt, ruksh, rubble, stones. Chamber on south. Blocked with two slabs, and rubble. Traces of mud binding. Intact? Left for photo.

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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
    01/29/1940; 01/30/1940; 01/31/1940; 02/01/1940
  • Mentioned on page
    Mohammedani Ibrahim
  • Author
    Francis Olcott Allen

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 2435

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2438

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5280

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5380

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 2

Modern People

  • Francis Olcott Allen

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Archaeologist/Egyptologist for the Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Mohammedani Ibrahim

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Expedition photographer.